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Planning Consultation Due to End

March 1, 2017

 

The Scottish Government are consulting on changes to the planning system.  This consultation ends on 4 April 2017.  The proposed changes can be found here and the consultation can be found here.

 

Gordon Macdonald MSP noted, “Currently, developers have too great a say in where and when sites are built on.  This consultation is an opportunity to create a planning system where local residents have a greater influence and the potential to share in the benefits.”

 

An independent panel who reviewed the system heard from communities, developers, professional planners and a wide range of organisations with an interest in planning.  The panel set out clear recommendations for change.

 

Gordon continued, “Planning policy has a long-term impact on our communities — on our health, wellbeing, sense of identity, prosperity, environment, and more often than not, on the congestion on our roads.  I have campaigned in many areas of Edinburgh Pentlands against wrongly-placed and ill-thought-out housing developments — many times successfully, sometimes not.  With a more robust planning policy, protecting open spaces and the Green Belt would be a lot easier.  I would urge you to participate in the consultation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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