An analysis of responses and the conclusions following the Scottish Government consultation on changes to planning legislation regarding pay day lending and betting offices.
Views were sought on proposed changes to increase the likelihood of planning permission being required to change premises to these activities, so local development plan policies on overprovision and clustering of these activities could be brought to bear more often.
Thirty-five responses were received from individuals, community groups, commercial businesses, planning authorities and various representative organisations. Responses were mixed as to the need for and the appropriateness and practicialities of applying planning controls to these activities. Those with more experience of planning controls tended to be more sceptical of the ability and/or appropriateness of planning to address concerns about these activities.
In conclusion, and in light of the responses, the Scottish Government does not intend to pursue such changes to planning legislation at this time. We will: support the use of existing planning mechanisms in the wake of the changes to Scottish Planning Policy in this regard in 2014; complete the pilots developing material to bring to bear on planning decision on these activities and maintain an awareness of the resulting experience in this area.