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Places, people and planning: update on proposal 10

Information on the background, progress to date and next steps relating to proposal 10 from Places, People and Planning Consultation and Position Statement: Being clear about how much housing land is required

Proposal 10: Being clear about how much housing land is required.

We believe planning should take a more strategic view of the land required for housing development. Clearer national and regional aspirations for new homes are proposed to support this.

Why we are making a change

We want to settle any debate on housing requirements for local development plans as early as possible using a 'gate check' process that will agree what level of housing should be planned for and how much land will be required to achieve this. This should be agreed before preparing a spatial strategy focusing on place making and identifying an effective supply of housing sites.

What we are doing

  • Our work on this is ongoing with a view to informing future policy and guidance, rather than through structural change to the system.
  • Bearing in mind our proposals for enhancing the role of the National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy, we will continue to work with housing professionals, planning authorities and developers to identify a solution which minimises the level of debate on how much land is required for housing.
  • We have shifted priorities as a result of the review and have withdrawn draft guidance on this matter.
  • This workstream is helping to inform our wider thinking on the role of the National Planning Framework.

How we will deliver change

  • primary legislation – no
  • secondary Legislation – no
  • guidance – yes
  • non-legislative action – yes

Next steps

This proposal remains an evolving work in progress and we will continue to engage with housing professionals and other relevant stakeholders in order to identify workable and appropriate solutions to best address this.



Telephone: 0131 244 7059

Area 2-H (South)
Planning and Architecture Division
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay

6 Oct 2017
Places, people and planning: update on proposal 10