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

I welcome Mr Macdonald’s discussions with me on the issue, just as I welcome the discussions with Tom Arthur

, Fiona Hyslop—the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs—and the industry. We all know that there have been difficulties in certain places with live music venues, and we have to do all that we possibly can to ensure that we protect that vital part of our heritage. The Government is aware of proposals in Wales, where the issue is being dealt with through planning policy rather than legislation. I am also aware that the mayor of London is looking at the agent of change principle for the next London plan and that planning policy in the state of Victoria in Australia has something similar in that regard.

As Mr Macdonald is aware from the discussions that I have had with him, I do not know whether primary legislation is necessarily required; it might be that changes to Scottish planning policy are required. However, whatever change is required, he can be assured that I will be positive on the issue.