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PAS calls for more ambition in Planning Bill

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Tuesday 5 December 2017

The Planning Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament today. You can access the Bill and documents that accompany it here. PAS issued the following press release after the Bill was published:

Leading Scottish place charity, PAS, has called on the Scottish Government to be bolder and more ambitious in its Planning Bill, which was published on Tuesday 5 December, in order to realise a more positive, collaborative planning system which carries the trust of local communities and empowers them to actively engage in the decisions about their local places.

PAS is Scotland’s leading place and built environment charity. Its work includes everything from a free planning advice and mentoring service, to tailored training and public engagement events catering for members of the public, planning professionals, local authorities, public bodies, elected members, community groups, young people, volunteers, and for those simply interested in how planning is shaping their environment.

PAS Chief Executive, Petra Biberbach, sat on the Independent Panel which was set up in September 2015 by Scottish Ministers to review the planning system. The Panel reported its findings in 2016.

Speaking following the publication of the Bill, PAS Chief Executive, Petra Biberbach said:

“PAS wants to see a planning system that is much more positive and inclusive. This involves working with local communities, planners and other stakeholders at the very beginning of the planning process in order to encourage a more collaborative approach based on meaningful dialogue and trust.

“This Bill is a real opportunity to bring about a real and meaningful change in the way we engage people in the decisions about their places, and we think the Scottish Government needs to be bolder and more ambitious in its approach. Whilst there is a lot in the Bill around engaging communities earlier in the process that we welcome, there needs to be more detail on how this will achieved and what processes will be in place to ensure that it happens in meaningful way.

“Once we have had the time to fully consider the legislation, we will continue to work with the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament to outline our ideas on how we think this can be achieved through the legislative process, but we do not think the Bill goes far enough in its present form. We want to see an ambitious planning system fit for a thriving Scotland.”

For inquiries, contact: Gareth Brown, gareth@messagematters.co.uk / 07907 520 571 or David McAllister, davidmc@pas.org.uk / 0131 659 9775.

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