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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10277: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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.

The recent Places, People and Planning – Position Statement stated that we would continue to work with the High Level Group on Planning Performance and others in pursuit of improved performance.