Rona calls on constituents to help shape Scotland’s future planning system

OPINIONS are being sought from constituents in Strathkelvin and Bearsden on reforming the planning permission system.

Rona Mackay MSP is appealing for residents to give their assessment on a raft of proposals from the Scottish Government to ensure maximum public input before the bill goes to the Scottish Parliament later this year.

There are a number of suggestions across a range of categories, from community engagement, house building for the future and reducing bureaucracy.

The consultation opened on Tuesday, January 12 and will close on April 4.

Ms Mackay, the SNP MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said: “The Scottish Government has put forward some very worthwhile proposals on how we can revolutionise the planning system in Scotland.

“Later this year, a bill will be proposed to the Scottish Parliament on these reforms, so it’s important we get as much feedback from the public as possible, and I’d like some of that to come from the constituency I represent.

“The planning process is often thought of as sluggish and full of red tape, so it’s great we are going to make substantial reforms. I hope as many people as possible can take part in shaping our new system.”

In 2015, ministers commissioned an independent panel to undertake a review of the planning system. The review included opportunities to get involved through both written and oral evidence and an online discussion forum.

Since then the Scottish Government has been working with a wide range of stakeholders, including community representatives, public and private sectors, to explore potential changes to the planning system.

Visit to take part in the consultation.


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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.



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