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Area 2-H (South)
Planning & Architecture Division,
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Review of the Scottish Planning System

In September 2015, an independent panel was appointed by Scottish Ministers to review the Scottish planning system. The report of the panel, “Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places” was published on May 31, 2016. A statement from the panel is also available to view.


Scottish Ministers published their response to the report of the independent planning review panel on July 11, 2016. Further information on the programme of collaborative work to be undertaken by the Scottish Government can be found on the Planning & Architecture blog.

We will provide updates and set out opportunities to get involved through the review webpage and on our Twitter account. You may also wish to sign-up to our e-alerts, listed under Planning & Building, if you have not already.


Background to the review

The review focused on 6 key themes - development planning; housing delivery; planning for infrastructure; development management; leadership, resourcing and skills; and community engagement.

As part of the review process the panel encouraged the participation of all those with an interest in planning through a call for written evidence, which received over 400 responses. Oral evidence sessions were held with over 100 individuals, representing around 70 organisations.

Responses to the call for written evidence are available to view, where permission was granted for publication. A list of those who provided oral evidence to the panel is also available.

A report prepared by Kevin Murray Associates analysing submitted written evidence published in February 2016 and formed a part of the evidence base considered by the panel. In addition, responses posted to an online discussion forum, hosted on the Scottish Government platform Dialogue, also informed the thinking of the panel.