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June 2024

Investing in Planning – resourcing Scotland’s planning system: consultation

We submitted evidence to the Scottish Government on three planning consultations. We supported:

  • Development of a new ‘planning hub’ model to provide support and technical expertise for timely and informed planning decisions;
  • Extra resources to improve effectiveness and efficiencies in the planning system e.g. restarting investment in digitalisation, recruitment and training for existing staff;
  • Transparency on how revenues will increase capacity and improve delivery in planning as a precondition for any annual inflationary increases in fees;
  • The creation of Masterplan Consent Areas to shape new development and streamline consent processes;
  • New procedures to adapt the National Planning Framework and local development plans to changing opportunities and circumstances.

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