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

The bill will ensure that planners move from regulating development to making things happen. At the moment, when a local development plan is completed, the planners immediately move on to formulating the next local development plan. That does not provide security for communities and does not allow for development. We want development to progress, which will give much more confidence that it will be completed. The bill will ensure that there is a much more consistent approach to performance. Of course, all of that has to be done with communities, who will have a stronger say on and influence over positive changes that are happening to their places. The local plans are extremely important. Interlinking between local plans and community planning is all-important, and I want to see that right across the country.