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Planning for Infrastructure Research Project: Final Report

Planning for Infrastructure Research Project: Final Report

Friday, August 14, 2015

ISBN: 9781785445835

The research identifies and reviews existing and emerging practice in the delivery of infrastructure to enable development through the planning system in Scotland. Through the identification of key principles and the use of case studies, the research aims to assist planning authorities to develop frameworks for infrastructure delivery and provide recommendations on further actions.

Executive Summary

Development depends on providing the right type of infrastructure, in the right places at the right times. The planning system has an important role to play in co-ordinating development with the provision of transport links, utilities, education, healthcare and affordable housing. This report’s recommendations focus on the scope to improve practice, and highlight a range of challenges and opportunities for more joined up working across public and private sectors. With a specific focus on the delivery of strategic infrastructure, it also highlights the potential to make more use of forward looking strategic and local development plans and their action programmes. It calls for planners to be recognised as ‘place providers’ who show leadership in identifying, costing and delivering infrastructure as an integral part of the future development of an area.