“If there is one issue that’s certain to get communities fired up it’s planning – and quite rightly so,” – Lesley Laird, Fife Council
Fife Council has called for reforms to the Scottish planning system to help boost the local economy.
It has written to the Scottish Government asking for a review of Scottish Planning Law and is encouraging businesses and communities to have their say.
It’s inviting locals in the region to take part in its Your Place, Your Views survey and help shape the future of development planning.
The Council says communities have highlighted a number of concerns about the planning system, on which developers have already shared their frustrations.
It says it welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will conduct a consultation to improve development planning, for which a special review panel has been set up.
Although a launch date is yet to be confirmed for the consultation, Fife Council says its response will include the feedback from its Your Place, Your Views survey in a bid to help streamline government planning policy and procedures, as well its own planning processes.
“If there is one issue that is certain to get communities fired up it is planning, and quite rightly so. Planning is a devolved issue and that’s why I have been calling on the Scottish Government to listen to and address the growing concerns of communities. I believe that we are missing huge opportunities to take a more strategic approach to planning, embracing economic development and wider regeneration.
“The planning system is used to make decisions about the development and use of land in our villages, towns and countryside. Our survey aims to gain feedback from local people to help us better understand people’s views and help shape our input on the future direction of planning. An overhaul of Scotland’s planning system offers opportunities to review town centre regeneration, the redevelopment of brownfield sites and put local democracy back at the heart of the planning process.
“The lack of delivery in the housing market is a major issue throughout Scotland. But to change this, there is a need to alter the way housing land supply is defined and measured. Regenerating brownfield sites and the development of vacant town centre buildings are potential pragmatic measures to meet current and future housing needs. Planning needs to support and better encourage these approaches to better meet the needs of local communities.”