Pre-application Consultation with Disabled People
51. During the passage of the Bill which became the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, the issue of statutory consultee status for Access Panels was discussed. Whilst the Scottish Government could not support the amendment in this regard, Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning indicated that involvement at the pre-application stage represented the best opportunity for these parties to influence proposals, and that the Scottish Government would consider this further.
52. We therefore propose guidance on highlighting the importance of pre-application consultation with these parties and will consider what we can say about how best this might be achieved. The general requirements in the PAC report should then indicate what was done and how any issues raised were considered in finalising the proposal.
Q14. Please give us your views on the proposed approach to pre-application engagement with disabled people.