If you were to structure a review of a planning system that has been designed by civil serpents to fail you could not do better than what is currently happening in Scotland. where the planning minister has set up a ‘game changing’ review panel of three without any planners on it, a quangocrate, a developer and a planning aid rep instead.
There have been calls from both sides for reform. From developers looking jealously at the more developers led system in England, and community groups proposing a radical community led (and anto development) agenda they think devolution now enables. Both of course would be a disaster.
If civil servants wanted reform they would have appointed a serious panel that was independent of axe grinding stakeholders rather comprised of independent international experts and legal experts with a clear research and evidence gathering agenda, also bringing in systems and public sector performance expertese to streamline buerarcy. Rather this is a panbel in classic Royal Commission split the difference we cant decide what to do style. It is a joke. The RTPI Scotland ism right to cry fowl and shpuld boycott the whole process.