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Help Improve Planning

The Scottish Government is open to suggestions that identify how we can improve as well as explore new ways that enable the planning system to create better quality places and contribute more effectively to Scotland's long term prosperity.

Please contact us with any suggestions

Culture Change

Significant changes have been made to the Scottish planning system, in particular to legislation and to processes.

Summary of the New Development Planning & Management systems

However, legislation on its own cannot deliver the improvements needed. Changes to how individuals implement new processes through their attitudes and behaviour are equally important. Key features of the new way of working include:

  • Delivering quality outcomes
  • Proportionate contributions
  • Clearly defined responsibilities
  • Positive 'can do' mind set
  • Co-operative joint working

These features have led to a programme of work by the Scottish Government on changing the culture of work practices for planning stakeholders - under the banner of Delivering Planning Reform.


Suzanne Stephen
0131 244 7148

Carrie Thomson
0131 244 7529