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November 25 2008

Mooted reforms to speed up Scotland’s languid planning system have been pounced upon by beleaguered housing firms desperate for an escape ticket from their present stramash.

The moves for greater efficiency stem from finance secretary John Swinney’s desire to stimulate the economy.

Specific measures cited for implementation see a new electronic planning system set for a formal roll out this spring and the devolution of planning policy to local authorities.  Fewer planning applications will be called in by ministers.

Wider ephemeral aims are anticipated to be met by a culture shift within government agencies to strongly favour matters of national interest.  This places a greater emphasis on the positive values development can bring in tandem with the current regulatory approach.

It is claimed that these goals will not equate to a dumbing down of approvals and additional sprawl as the measures will only take effect on “high quality” proposals.

The planning shake up has received the support of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

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