Need to Issue new Act

Any review of the planning system should be bold and not seek merely to further modify the current framework. A new Act is required to truly simplify and streamline the process, which reflicts the role that Planning needs to play in the 21st Century. This should include a replacement of the Primary Legislation and related Orders if we are to move forward effectively.

Why the contribution is important

The 2006 Reform was ambitious but it was hampered by seeking to shoehorn new ideas into an already antiquated system. The same can be said for the GPDO, which has become so complex and unwieldy it causes a significant potion of planners to be spent interpretting the Act for members of the public.


If we are going to do this, lets do it right.

by PA1 on February 04, 2016 at 09:49AM

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  • Posted by PA1 February 04, 2016 at 09:52

    I clearly meant portion of planner's time :). although a 'potion of planners' could work as a collective noun...
  • Posted by cheng February 05, 2016 at 22:00

    What is required are bold robust regulations and a Government commitment to enforce them.
    IMHO unfortunately this is at present sadly lacking.
    There is no value in further regulations that can simply be avoided and a raft of guidelines which are ignored.
  • Posted by Gala1337 February 10, 2016 at 13:38

    The Labour / Libdem coalition promised a "root and branch" reform of the planning legislation. Another failed promise.
  • Posted by JohnColledge February 29, 2016 at 10:42

    Present planning legislation is still contradictory, as confirmed by the SPSO during their annual review last year. This is despite the Scottish Government being aware from SPSO reports of the hardship and injustices this can cause.
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