Date lodged: 6 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to help deliver strategic infrastructure to support new developments.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 16 November 2017
The ongoing review of planning aims to better align infrastructure planning and delivery with new development. As part of this, we are exploring options for an infrastructure levy as a means of supporting the delivery of infrastructure, a national delivery group to support improved co-ordination of development and infrastructure, and simplifying the system of development plans whilst also improving their focus on delivery.
Scotland’s National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3), published in 2014, sets out where nationally significant development and infrastructure is expected over the next 20 to 30 years. Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) states that early discussion should take place between local authorities, developers and relevant agencies to ensure that investment in necessary new infrastructure is addressed in a timely manner.
The Scottish Government will ensure that the future revisions of SPP and NPF are aligned with wider government policies and programmes, including the National Transport Strategy, Strategic Transport Projects Review and Infrastructure Investment Plan.