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Places, people and planning: update on proposal 13

Information on the background, progress to date and next steps relating to proposal 13 from Places, People and Planning Consultation and Position Statement: Embedding an infrastructure first approach.

Proposal 13: Embedding an infrastructure first approach.

There is a need for better co-ordination of infrastructure planning at a national and regional level. This will require a stronger commitment to delivering development from all infrastructure providers.

Why we are making a change

Infrastructure plays a critical role in how a place functions. We want infrastructure to help us build places which function properly so people have choices about how they move around, access facilities and live sustainable healthy lives. Infrastructure is also a critical element for achieving sustainable economic growth.

What we are doing

  • The first meeting of the infrastructure delivery group was held on 6 November 2017. It was attended by infrastructure providers from a wide range of sectors and will provide a platform for better alignment and co-ordination of planned development and infrastructure. The next meeting of the group will be in early 2018.
  • We will work with the Scottish Futures Trust on unblocking stalled sites.
  • The Planning Bill inlcudes a technical amendment to the definition of 'key agencies' to potentially allow inclusion of a wider range of infrastructure partners to engage with the Development Plan process.

How we will deliver change

  • primary legislation – a change to the definition of "key agencies" is included in the Planning Bill
  • secondary Legislation – regulations specifying "key agencies" may be amended, if required
  • guidance – yes
  • non-legislative action – yes

Next steps

  • To develop the regional scale of infrastructure planning in more detail, we will explore approaches to regional scale infrastructure planning further over the coming months.
  • We will also continue to work with infrastructure providers, for example through the infrastructure delivery group, to define how best to facilitate their involvement in the planning system.



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6 Oct 2017
Places, people and planning: update on proposal 13