Fifers are calling for a radical overhaul of the Scottish planning system, according to the results of a Council-led survey.
Residents, community groups and business people have shown widespread support for a shake-up of development planning and future housing delivery via Fife Council’s ‘Your Place, Your Views’ online survey.
The results follow Fife Council’s letter to the Scottish Government earlier this year in which the local authority called for a review of Scottish Planning Law.
As a result, a consultation is being headed up by Alex Neil MSP, cabinet secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights, in a bid to improve development planning.
Fife Council has also been asked to provide both written and oral evidence to the Independent Panel set up to carry out the review.
Launched ahead of the Government’s review, the Fife Council survey, which ran from September 10 to October 23 2015, attracted more than 260 submissions.
Its key findings, which have been published in a new report, include the following:
94% agree that place-making, including community engagement and empowerment, should play a major role in planning
90% support moving away from delivering targets for housing and employment land – preferring instead the right development in the right place
77% support the idea of funding for infrastructure to kick-start development, with the development refunding the expenditure at development completion
81% support incentives for the development of town centres and brownfield sites
75% agree that development plan examination decisions should be made by locally elected representatives and communities.