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Planning revamp

Written evidence call as part of planning overhaul.

Organisations and individuals across Scotland are being asked to submit views as part of a nation-wide review of the planning system.

The independent panel has been tasked with bringing together ideas to achieve a quicker, more accessible and efficient planning process in Scotland.

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil, who announced the panel’s appointment in September, said:

“I would urge all organisations and individuals who are involved with the planning system in any way to get in touch and use this opportunity to help shape the future of the planning system in Scotland.

“The panel are inviting you to play a positive role in the review process, and ensure views are heard.”

The panel will consider six key issues as part of the review:

  • Development planning;
  • Housing delivery;
  • Planning for infrastructure;
  • Further improvements to development management;
  • Leadership, resourcing and skills; and
  • Community engagement.

More detailed review questions, which can be used to inform responses to the call for evidence, have also been published today. The review panel is due to report back in Spring 2016, following which Scottish Ministers will look to work closely with all those with an interest in the system, to take forward a reform programme that will be informed by the findings of the review.

Stakeholders can submit views by writing to 

Further details are available at

Notes To Editors

The three-person panel conducting the planning review consists of chairman Crawford Beveridge, Petra Biberbach and John Hamilton.

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