Effective community engagement in local development planning guidance: impact assessments
These impact assessments have informed the preparation the effective community engagement in local development planning consultation draft guidance. The assessments are being made available for comment in advance of their finalisation and finalisation of the guidance.
Annex A - Impact Assessments Screened Out
Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment
Assessment not required declaration
Effective community engagement in local development planning guidance
Directorate: Division: team
Directorate for Local Government and Communities
Planning, Architecture and Regeneration Division
Policy lead responsible for taking the decision
Rationale for decision
The Fairer Scotland Duty applies to 'decisions of a strategic nature' – these are the key, high-level choices or plans that the Scottish Government makes. The duty normally applies to new: strategies, action plans, strategic delivery decisions about setting priorities and / or allocating resources, major new policy proposals, and preparing new legislation.
The provisions that enable production of guidance on effective community engagement in local development planning, are set out in Section 16C of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 as introduced by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019.
Having considered the Fairer Scotland Duty Guidance (October 2021), I confirm that the statutory guidance on effective community engagement in local development planning does not constitute a strategic decision and therefore an assessment is not required.
I confirm that the decision to not carry out a Fairer Scotland assessment has been authorised by:
Name and job title of Deputy Director (or equivalent)
Dr Fiona Simpson, Chief Planner
Date authorisation given
Strategic Environmental Assessment
Following consideration, it has been established that the guidance is likely to have no or minimal effects on the environment. Therefore, in accordance with the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005, a pre-screening notification was made and submitted to the SEA Gateway on 7 March 2023.
Future Proofing Legislation
The guidance is not legislation so may be updated as necessary over time.
The guidance is not technology specific and does not and does not intend to provide details on the methods of engagement that may be appropriate.
The guidance encourages the use of appropriate engagement methods.
On this basis a Future Proofing Legislation Assessment is not required.
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