Speed is of the essence

If the current planning review is to be 'game changing', then it is likely to require a new Planning Act. This process will take years to come to fruition. The planning issues delaying housing delivery require to be dealt with urgently, however. There are many areas in which the current system could be improved immediately and the Scottish Government should be tackling these now, in parallel with the more radical review agenda. Lack of resources for planning authorities to deliver the high-quality planning services required and a widespread anti-development culture are key problems.

Why the contribution is important

The planning review process cannot address the immediate issue.

by junegillews on February 29, 2016 at 11:56AM

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  • Posted by cheng February 29, 2016 at 13:29

    It will be interesting to see what the Scottish Government considers to be "game changing"
    Is it the review that is game changing with the conclusions being kicked into the long grass?
    I would have to agree that the current review process will not be capable, in a timely manner, of setting a frame work for a planning system fit for the 21st century.
    To justify the "game changing" tag will require a root and branch examination of the system followed up with major surgery.
    I doubt very much that the Scottish Government has the appetite for no more than tinkering at the edges?
    As an outsider looking in I found that regulation "at the heart of a modernised planning system" and pages of guidelines can be classed as no more than a voluntary code of practise. Will this game change?
  • Posted by charlesstrang February 29, 2016 at 20:31

    Perhaps land value taxation will be required as part of land reform legislation before housebuilders crack on with consented sites, rather than being held back by an 'anti-development culture'. I'm not sure I detect such a culture, but if it exists then we should ask why. Could one of the reasons be because new house building is often the creation of aesthetic deserts in mostly unsustainable locations and in denial of contexts. It would be nice to think that greater funding (by full cost recovery through development management fees) of planning posts would improve matters, but unfortunately without far greater design skills on both sides of the DM 'divide', and a genuine focus on the quality of outcomes, greater processing speed will just be accelerating the race to the bottom in the quality stakes.
  • Posted by JohnColledge February 29, 2016 at 22:24

    It seems fairly clear locally that 'protecting the status quo', (no matter how rotten at the core that might be) is the main aim. Until we have Councillors and MSPs who heed the likes of PAS when they confirm systemic failures, and find the moral fiber to stand up and say enough is enough, we are unlikely to make much progress. It is extremely depressing.
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