Planning and Inclusive Growth

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 5th December 2017.

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Photo of Kevin Stewart Kevin Stewart Scottish National Party

Mr Cole-Hamilton is being a bit naughty by talking about a particular place. He knows that I will not respond about a particular place in my role as planning minister.

It is up to each local authority to put together its local development plan, taking into account the needs of the community that it serves. It is not for me to say exactly what local authorities should be doing in that regard; it is up to them to put the policies in place. However, local development plans are required to meet the housing need of a particular area and, in recent times, the City of Edinburgh Council has failed to meet that need, with its new local development plan being some 7,500 houses short.

We need to see improvement on that, which is another reason why we require the training of elected members, so that they know exactly what they are doing when they put together local development plans. Of course, they should also take cognisance of the communities that they serve.