Planning recommendations could provide boost to Scotland’s real estate industry

31 May 2016

Policy area: Development

In response to today’s release of a report from Scotland’s Independent Review of the Scottish Planning system, David Melhuish, director of The Scottish Property Federation, said:

“The independent planning review report is hugely welcome. It offers a strong focus on a planning service that delivers positive outcomes for communities, public leadership and securing investment.

“The proposed strengthening of the National Planning Framework and the streamlining of the development planning system are important steps forward to ensure that we have a system which offers a level of certainty for investors – something that has been lacking for some time.

“The consultation on the community infrastructure levy is one that we will respond to with interest, and the government must pay careful consideration to the challenges and successes that it has faced south of the border.

“A national infrastructure agency will also be welcomed by many of our members who would like to see the public sector take a more strategic approach to the development of large scale infrastructure projects as it will provide a level of certainty for investors that remain fiscally risk averse.”

“We look forward to engaging constructively with the Scottish Government to consider the recommendations contained in the review.”


Notes to editors

The SPF’s immediate past chairman, John Hamilton of Winchburgh Developments, was one of the panellists on the review.

View the final report of Scotland’s Independent Review of the Scottish Planning System. 

Read the comments submitted to the planning review ahead of today’s announcement.