McLeod encourages participation in Planning Review

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> SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod is encouraging organisations and individuals across Dumfries & Galloway to submit their views as part of a nation-wide review of the planning system.
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> The independent panel has been tasked with bringing together ideas to achieve a quicker, more accessible and efficient planning process in Scotland.
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> Aileen said:
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> “The Programme for Government published in September announced that this review will look at wide-ranging issues affecting the planning system, including how planning is resourced and how we can streamline and improve our system in Scotland.
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> “The review’s aim is to increase delivery of high quality housing developments, by creating a quicker, more accessible and efficient process, which also reinforces the Scottish Government’s commitment to a fair and open planning system that works for everyone, especially local communities.
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> “I would urge all organisations and individuals who are involved with the planning system in Dumfries & Galloway in any way to use this opportunity to help shape the future of the planning system in Scotland by responding to the independent panel’s call for evidence before the closing date of 1st December.”
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> Notes to Editors:
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> The panel will consider six key issues as part of the review:
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> • Development planning;
> • Housing delivery;
> • Planning for infrastructure;
> • Further improvements to development management;
> • Leadership, resourcing and skills; and
> • Community engagement.
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> More detailed review questions, which can be used to inform responses to the call for evidence, have also been published today. The review panel is due to report back in Spring 2016, following which Scottish Ministers will look to work closely with all those with an interest in the system, to take forward a reform programme that will be informed by the findings of the review.
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> Stakeholders can submit views by writing to planningreview@gov.scot
> Further details are available at www.gov.scot/planningreview
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