Date: 16 September 2011
Contact: David McAllister, Communications Officer
Telephone: 0131 220 9734 / 07595 995268 (outside office hours)
Planning Aid for Scotland welcomes call for greater community engagement in planning
Planning Aid for Scotland welcomes the publication of yesterday’s Audit Scotland report Modernising the planning system. The report examines a number of factors since the recent reform of the planning system in Scotland – asking whether it is more economic, efficient and effective.
Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, Planning Aid for Scotland:
“We welcome Audit Scotland’s positive comments on the progress that has been made in modernising the planning system - as well as the report's recognition of the work still to be done to improve the system."
"The recommendation that greater efforts be placed on community engagement in order to achieve a more efficient planning system is to be welcomed. Inclusivity has been a key aspect of planning reform in Scotland, alongside a drive towards greater efficiency.
“However as the Audit Scotland report indicates, important work remains to be done. We must work harder to ensure that processes are in place to enable better and more creative community engagement – and to empower communities to have a greater say in the shaping of strategic and local development plans.”
"Planning Aid for Scotland supports the call to refocus efforts on engaging individuals and communities in the shaping their built environment. We recognise the need to build far greater capacity in our communities, to enable them to engage confidently with planning - and this is where Planning Aid for Scotland can help.”
“A more inclusive approach to planning will contribute to a more effective and efficient system for all.”
Notes to Editors
About Planning Aid for Scotland
Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) is an independent organisation, working across Scotland to improve the way people engage with the planning system. Planning is a vital public service and everyone in Scotland should be able to participate effectively and efficiently. PAS is here to provide everyone with the skills and information to engage positively with planning. As an independent organisation, impartiality is our most important guiding principle – one that we will not compromise.
PAS enables individuals, communities and business start-ups to participate in a more efficient planning process
PAS helps to deliver the Scottish Government’s commitment to equality and culture change in the way we go about planning in Scotland
Planning advice helpline: 0845 603 7602
What do we mean by ‘planning’?
Terms such as 'planning', 'the planning system' and 'planning process' are about deciding how land is used in our towns, cities and the countryside. This includes a wide range of things - from home extensions, micro-renewable projects, building schools, shopping centres, roads, skate parks, new towns and windfarms to protecting public open spaces like playing fields, leisure centres and listed buildings. These activities in the ‘built environment’
Planning decides where development should happen, where it shouldn't and how it affects and fits into its surroundings. The planning system is essential for economic growth, protecting the environment, promoting sustainability and improving quality of life for all of us.
Scotland has recently undergone the biggest reform to its planning system for 60 years, with a strong emphasis on community engagement. Find out more about the planning system: www.scotland.gov.uk/
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Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) is an independent organisation, working across Scotland to help people shape their communities and improve the way people engage with the planning system.