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SPP Review and Consultation

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Helen Wood
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Area 2-H (South)
Planning & Architecture Division,
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay
EDINBURGH
EH6 6QQ

SPP Review and Consultation

Review of the SPP

A review of the policy was announced in Scottish Parliament on September 18, 2012 by Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning. The aim of the review is to bring the policy up-to-date, focus it on sustainable economic growth and emphasise placemaking.

The SPP is being reviewed at the same time as the National Planning Framework (NPF3). Reviewing these two key national planning policy documents at the same time will enable connections to be made between where we want to see development(NPF) and how we want to see it delivered (SPP). The intended outcome will be an improved, up-to-date and robust national basis for enabling development.

Timescale

  • Autumn / Winter 2012: Pre-draft engagement
  • April 30, to July 23, 2013: Consultation on Draft SPP
  • Summer 2013: Analyse responses and re-drafting
  • October 28 to December 16, 2013: Consultation on Sustainability and Planning
  • January 14, 2014: Position Statement published, providing an update on progress towards a revised SPP, to accompany laying of the proposed NPF3 in Parliament.
  • June 2014: Publish finalised SPP

The Minister for Local Government and Planning announced in Parliament on September 4, 2012 that the reviews of NPF and SPP will be completed together in June 2014. The reviews of both documents have so far been progressed in tandem and there are benefits to this integrated approach – in particular, enabling Parliament’s views to be taken into account where they are relevant to the SPP rather than the spatial strategy within the NPF.

Participation

The Scottish Government is committed to encouraging interest and involvement in the preparation of the SPP. A Participation Statement sets out how this was done. We are continually looking for new ways and additional opportunities to enable participation and would welcome suggestions from interested parties.

Pre-Draft Engagement

Stakeholders were asked for views on what were considered to be a priorities for change in Autumn 2012. Their views informed the preparation on the draft SPP.

Public Consultation

The Draft SPP was published for consultation on April 30, 2013 accompanied by:

The consultation period ended on July 23, 2013. Consultation Responses for the draft Scottish Planning policy are available. These will be taken into account by the Scottish Government when finalising the SPP. An independent analysis of responses and report of the main findings is also available.

Consultation on Sustainability and Planning

Having reflected on the responses to the earlier consultation Ministers are considering replacing the Draft SPP principal policies on ‘sustainable economic growth’ and ‘sustainable development’ with a principal policy on ‘sustainability and planning’. The consultation is accompanied by:

The consultation period ended on Monday December 16, 2013. The 160 consultation responses were received. These will be taken into account by the Scottish Government when finalising the SPP. An independent analysis of responses and report of the main findings is also available.