8. Responding to this Consultation
8.1.1 We are inviting responses to this consultation by Wednesday 23 August 2023. Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government's consultation hub, Citizen Space by accessing and responding to this consultation online at https://consult.gov.scot/planning-performance/scottish-government-review-of-pdr3. You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open.
8.1.2 If you are unable to respond using our consultation hub, please send your response, together with the Respondent Information Form, to: Planning.PDR3@gov.scot.
Development Management Team (PDR Review)
Planning and Architecture Division
Area 2F South
Edinburgh EH6 6QQ
8.2 Handling your response
8.2.1 If you respond using the consultation hub, you will be directed to the "About You" page before submitting your response. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are content for your response to published. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and will treat it accordingly.
8.3 Next steps
8.3.1 Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be published at http://consult.gov.scot. If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email. An analysis report will also be made available.
8.3.2 Responses to the consultation will help inform the refinement of proposals and the drafting of regulations that would bring any PDR changes flowing from this consultation into force. We anticipate that such regulations would be laid in the Scottish Parliament later in 2023 - 2024.
8.4 Scottish Government consultation process
8.4.1 Consultation is an essential part of the policymaking process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work. You can find all our consultations online: http://consult.gov.scot. Each consultation details the issues under consideration, as well as a way for you to give us your views, either online, by email or by post.
8.4.2 Responses will be analysed and used as part of the decision-making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report of this analysis for every consultation. Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:
- indicate the need for policy development or review
- inform the development of a particular policy
- help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
- be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented
8.4.3 While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.
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