Taking into account the wide range of views expressed to the proposals set out in the ‘places, people and planning’ consultation, the Scottish government published a ‘position statement’ at the end of June which sets out changes they are considering taking forward as part of its reform of the country’s planning system.
But the planning review proposals put forward offer a distinct lack of detail, according to housebuilders.
Responding on behalf of its 200 members, Homes for Scotland (HFS) has submitted its response to the position statement stating the builders are concerned that the proposed package of reform measures will be a missed opportunity to make the strategic and radical changes to the delivery model that are required to achieve the review’s original objective of increasing the number of homes across Scotland.
Chief executive at the HFS, Nicola Barclay, said: “Given the crucial role the planning system plays in Scotland’s social wellbeing and economic success, the position statement offers a distinct overall lack of detail, particularly in relation to the process for the new Local Development Plan gatecheck and the introduction of an infrastructure levy to address what is becoming the most significant challenge to housing delivery.
“With matters now moving to a Bill at the end of the year, it is our view that a great deal more information is required before the package of legislative and non-legislative reforms can be effectively scrutinised. To that end, HFS and its members remain ready to positively engage and assist in developing a clear, robust and effective set of the proposals that meet the housing needs of our growing population.”