COSLA RESPONSE TO THE PUBLICATION OF THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT'S PLANNING CONSULTATION

Councillor Stephen Hagan, COSLA Development, Economy and Sustainability Spokesperson said:
 
“Similar to the publication of the independent review last year, we are going to have to take our time to fully digest what is in the Scottish Government’s consultation. Scotland has a good and high performing planning system, but there is always room for improvement. For COSLA the two most important issues are ensuring planning services are resourced to do the job effectively and that local people’s say in the system is maintained and, ideally, strengthened. There is more to planning that this, but if we get both of these things right, then we secure the foundations upon which other improvements can be delivered.
 
"At a time of uncertainty and change, spatial planning affords us of a rare opportunity to raise our vision from the here and now and look to build a better future for communities up and down Scotland by helping to grow Scotland’s economy. The hard work of planners in local government should be recognised as should the job they do. COSLA will continue to be strong voice championing a better funded, responsive and representative local planning system that continues to shape better places where local people can live, work and play.”

Article published: 
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:46