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Planning Policy (Digital Infrastructure in New Homes)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Liberal Democrat

4. To ask the Scottish Government whether the next version of the Scottish planning policy will include requirements for all new housing developments to have access to superfast broadband. (S5O-04199)

Photo of Kevin Stewart Kevin Stewart Scottish National Party

We are currently considering how planning policy in combination with other devolved powers might best ensure provision of digital infrastructure in new homes as part of our early engagement in preparation for national planning framework 4.

Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Liberal Democrat

That is a helpful answer, and I hope that the minister comes forward with such a proposal, because it is a nonsense that new housing developments can be built without superfast broadband being built into the homes. Superfast broadband should be available automatically, as happens with other utilities, but far too many developments are being built without it. I hope that the minister includes that measure in the Scottish planning policy when it is published in September.

Photo of Kevin Stewart Kevin Stewart Scottish National Party

I encourage all members to engage with the formulation of national planning framework 4 and the review of Scottish planning policy in order to deal with such issues. I ask members to take a look at the website and discussion papers on NPF4 and Scottish planning policy, to get engaged and to try to get their constituents engaged, so that we have the right planning policies in place to take this country forward.