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Scottish Planning Policy

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SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH

33. Increasing sustainable economic growth is the overarching purpose of the Scottish Government. Fifteen national outcomes 10 explain in more detail how sustainable economic growth will be delivered. The Government Economic Strategy 11 sets out how sustainable economic growth should be achieved, and identifies five strategic priorities that are critical to economic growth- learning, skills and wellbeing; supportive business environment; infrastructure development and place; effective government; and equity. The planning system should proactively support development that will contribute to sustainable economic growth and to high quality sustainable places. Achieving sustainable economic growth requires a planning system that enables the development of growth enhancing activities across Scotland and protects and enhances the quality of the natural and built environment as an asset for that growth. Planning authorities should take a positive approach to development, recognising and responding to economic and financial conditions in considering proposals that could contribute to economic growth.