LDP Examination process

Is there potential to alter the LDP Examination procedures to concentrate the case load dealt with by the DPEA to "strategic matters" which could be defined through guidance. The Examination process requires a significant resource in terms of planning authority staff time and money as well as taking 6-9 months. A more streamlined process where the planning authority could review "local" issues using an LRB type approach would significantly reduce the number of cases referred to Examination.

Why the contribution is important

The current LDP preparation process is incredibly long and needs to be streamlined. The process set out in the Circular adds demonstrated that it currently takes 2.5 years to go through the stages of preparing an LDP, which has to be replaced every 5 years.

by GaryTempleton on February 23, 2016 at 02:53PM

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  • Posted by LF February 23, 2016 at 22:50

    Yet in spite of such a lengthy process, here in D&G, local people had only the minimum 5 weeks to respond to the Draft LDP.
    Talk of "need to streamline" appears to miss the point entirely, when what we actually need
    is a stronger plan-led system, with more and better opportunities for communities to contribute.
     We WANT rigorous debate in the development plan process as a means of ensuring that they represent the democratic will of the community on how and where socially necessary development should occur. Local and regional development plans are intended to guide where development goes. However, the reality is "planning" as a market driven system; and too often the development sector controls where development goes, to the frustration of communities.
    In order to direct development to desirable locations, with adequate infrastructure we need to develop more positive planning tools.
    These include powers for public land assembly and land value capture, (that are widely used across Europe) to ensure that preferred sites are developed and equipped with excellent infrastructure.
  • Posted by FionaM February 25, 2016 at 09:19

    The planning process is very much 'top down' plus local involvement varies widely from community to community.
    Here in Dalry North Ayrshire, we are about to have a bypass built, after a long wait.
    But my comment is, who decided in the first instance that we were 'getting a bypass'?
    I'm sure the impetus for this didn't come from the majority of residents in Dalry demanding a bypass to be built.
    The Dalry Community Council ( now recently disbanded) probably had some say, but most folk didn't even know of it's existence!
    So as a result, when the plans are nicely displayed in the local library, some residents will go along and look but in a very passive way.
    There must be a way to emulate the very active community involvement, as in Norway, but Scottish folk need to be encouraged to take an interest and take ownership back of their communities, so this can happen in the near future.
  • Posted by JohnColledge February 28, 2016 at 18:04

    Well said FionaF! Unfortunately in Edinburgh, our Planning Services have a history of ignoring input from local people, despite this being specifically highlighted in the local Planning Charters. This leads to ‘planning disasters’. At least two Chief Executives and many of our elected representatives are aware of this, but refuse to make changes to procedures. This cavalier disregard for peoples’ rights has to stop if the people of Scotland are to have any faith in the planning system, those public servants involved and their politicians.
  • Posted by Jack_Thorn February 28, 2016 at 20:07

    I very much agree with LF's comment. Of the 2.5 year timescale, the examination rarely takes longer than 6 months. The system of publishing a "Main Issues Report" followed, at a leisurely pace, by a proposed plan which is seldom much altered following consultation eats up a much larger chunk of time.
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