Reforming the planning system - consultation

The Scottish Government has produced a consultation paper on the future of the Scottish Planning System. The paper provides details of proposed changes to the planning system in Scotland and seeks respondent's views on them. This consultation builds on the work of the Independent Panel set up in 2015  to undertake a review of the planning system. The review included opportunities to get involved through both written and oral evidence and an online discussion forum.

Since then the Scottish Government has been working with a wide range of stakeholders, including community representatives, public and private sectors, to explore potential changes to the planning system. Ministers signalled in the Programme for Government that a Planning Bill would be brought forward early in the Parliamentary Session (Year 2). To enable that, consultation on the key components of the legislation has been scheduled for 10 January to 4 April 2017.

Following completion of the consultation period analysis of the responses will be undertaken and published within 12 weeks of the consultation closing. The analysis will help inform the drafting and production of a draft Planning Bill which is to be introduced to Parliament in Year 2 of the Parliamentary Programme.

Click here to visit the consultation page and download the consultation paper.

The consultation closes on 4 April 2017