This statement sets out the view of the Scottish Government on how planning modernisation should be consolidated and intensified. It proposes that the focus should be on further simplifying and streamlining the planning system where current practices and procedures add little or no value to the outcomes. The Government believes that quality of place should take precedence over process but our processes nevertheless need to be fit for purpose. The statement sets out a comprehensive and coherent programme of work to ensure that the modernised planning system reaches its potential in supporting economic recovery. Leadership and culture change are essential elements in this programme. While the emphasis is on non-legislative measures the Scottish Government will bring forward legislation where this is necessary.