Regulate less

So much of the debate is focused on more regulation, more control, more "planning", more involvement by everyone, more resources and so on, bit all focused on the planning system itself being bigger, better and more in control. But is this really what we need, if you take a step back and look at it from a perspective of "what would be do if we had nothing like a planning system" would we really create it again?

Do we really need a separate system or do we need to look at what society needs to support changes in land use. Maybe what we really need to be going is working to ensure that appropriate use of land and various interactions that need to be taken into account are a factor in decision making by others (for example all activities by the public sector) without the need for a separate "development plan". And when it comes to the detail of what places should look like, why not combine this with other physical and environmental regulation which is focused on public safety and wellbeing? 

Why the contribution is important

We've tried amending the system multiple times with limited success. The planning system has never really worked "properly" even in the days it had power and influence, there were many longer term problems it caused through short term decision making, so why not take a hard look at what society really needs rather that just assume that the principle of having a planning system is sound, we just need to tinker with its functioning or throw money at it 

by Outsidebox on February 01, 2016 at 03:15PM

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  • Posted by kdonnelly February 11, 2016 at 09:11

    I would agree that we are reaching a breaking point from too much regulation however I am not sure how your vision fits in with the SG's ambitions to become a plan led system.
  • Posted by JohnColledge February 29, 2016 at 11:27

    In Edinburgh the mantra would appear to be ‘protect the status quo at all costs.’ Might less but clearer regulations be the way forward? At present, those responsible for enforcing the regulations in can't agree on what they are, don't understand them and ignore those that don't suit their argument anyway.
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