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Places, people and planning: update on proposal 9

Information on the background, progress to date and next steps relating to proposal 9 from Places, People and Planning Consultation and Position Statement: Keeping decisions local – rights of appeal

Proposal 9. Keeping decisions local – rights of appeal.

We believe that more review and appeal decisions should be made by local authorities rather than centrally. We also want to ensure that the system is sufficiently flexible to reflect the distinctive challenges and opportunities in different parts of Scotland.

Why we are making a change

We want to improve communities' trust in the planning system by ensuring decisions are taken at the most appropriate administrative level including reviews and appeals of decisions.

What we are doing

  • We want to change the way that minor developments such as advertisement consents are handled through to appeal.
  • We will take look in more detail at the role and effectiveness of local review bodies.
  • We have not pursued an earlier proposal for Ministers to take decisions more frequently, rather than Reporters.

How we will deliver

  • primary legislation – The Planning Bill includes propoals to make training for elected members mandatory
  • secondary Legislation – yes
  • guidance – yes
  • non legislative action – yes

Next steps

We believe that more can be done through consistency in local schemes of delegation in order to encourage greater consistency as well as subsidiarity of decision making. Clear guidance and sharing of good practice could help to support this.

The Planning Bill inlcudes proposals for mandatory training for elected members who are serving on a planning committee or Local Review Body, potentially supported with testing.

We have already provided financial support to planning authorities who are taking forward training following the May 2017 local elections.

Contact

Email: planningreview@gov.scot

Telephone: 0131 244 7059

Post:
Area 2-H (South)
Planning and Architecture Division
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ

Published:
29 Sep 2017
Places, people and planning: update on proposal 9