Date lodged: 10 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether there are plans to enact Part 7 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 19 July 2017
Part 7 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 would give Scottish Ministers powers to assess a planning authority's performance or decision making. We currently have no plans to commence this part of the Act.
The Scottish Government’s relationship with authorities changed in November 2007 with the signing of the concordat with COSLA. In the Concordat, the Scottish Government agreed to stand back from micro-managing local authorities. Part 7 was therefore, not commenced.
Instead, a planning performance framework was introduced voluntarily by Heads of Planning Scotland in 2011 which provides a holistic view of planning authorities’ performance and service quality.