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Planning for Place Programme Manager
Tel. 01506 283834
Closer working between local service providers to improve outcomes for communities is the foundation of successful community planning. New requirements introduced through the Community Empowerment Act have implications for the spatial planning role undertaken by local authorities. Community planning partners are gearing themselves up to consider how they can knit together the requirements of the Act with existing statutory requirements for spatial planning to prepare Local Development Plans.
An Independent Review of Planning has just reported to Scottish Ministers and takes account of specific suggestions for taking account of the Community Empowerment Act and the need for links in shaping places.
The Improvement Service is actively supporting developing closer links between community and spatial planning to achieve better places and outcomes. You can read our response to the planning review recommendations where we highlight the practical support we already provide and are able to build upon quickly.
Earlier in 2016, we held events bringing community and spatial planners together to discuss the benefit of closer working identified three priorities:
You can see some of the presentations from those events below.
For more information or to contribute your thoughts, please contact Irene Beautyman.