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 have already given my view on local plans, which currently have no statutory basis. People in Linlithgow and other places who have come up with their own plans are to be applauded and I am certainly not going to undermine anybody’s plan. There might be occasions when communities and others have to agree to disagree, but I encourage communities the length and breadth of Scotland to get involved in spatial and community planning.

Since taking on my role, I have gone to great lengths to encourage people to become involved in planning; in particular, I want young folk to be more involved. There has been great success in Galashiels academy in your constituency, Presiding Officer, where pupils, with Planning Aid for Scotland, are learning about the place standard. They have different ideas from older folk and all those ideas need to come into the mix, so I hope that young folk will get involved in local planning.