The Scottish Government agreed with that assessment, and embarked on a programme of change to simplify and strengthen the planning system to ensure it better serves all of Scotland’s communities; and to reposition planning as a positive enabler of the high quality development our communities need.
The review identified six key outcomes to guide this planning reform:
Wide engagement and collaboration following the review led to the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, passed by the Scottish Parliament in June 2019. Our work is continuing to implement the Act and wider planning reforms; with focus remaining on those six key outcomes.
The pages of this section include the essential information and resources from the planning reform programme to date; and the work programme to complete the transformation of Scotland’s planning system.
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Last Updated: 07 Jun 2023