Scotland’s Panel to Review Planning Legislation is Designed to Fail and Will

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.

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