John Hamilton, chair of the Scottish Property Federation (SPF), has been appointed to an independent panel set up by the Scottish Government, to scrutinise Scotland’s planning system.
The panel, announced today by Communities Secretary Alex Neil, has been established in order to carry out a “game changing review of the Scottish planning system", and will examine six key issues:
• Development planning;
• Housing delivery;
• Planning for infrastructure;
• Further improvements to development management;
• Leadership, resourcing and skills; and
• Community engagement.
Hamilton will be joined on the panel by Petra Biberbach of Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) and Crawford Beveridge (Chairman of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers).
David Melhuish, director of the Scottish Property Federation, commented: “An effective planning system is key to ensuring successful, sustainable development in Scotland, and we welcome the fact that the government has recognised this by launching this panel. The three members have extensive experience and expertise between them, and are well placed to examine fully where the system is failing, and make suggestions as to how it can be improved.
“We hope to see the panel focus on ensuring the planning system facilitates the delivery of economic growth and housing, effective development planning and how to foster constructive and positive engagement between developers, communities and authorities.”
Hamilton added: “I am delighted to serve on this panel where I can share my experiences across the development sector of over 30 years’ working in the Scottish and UK planning systems. It is vital for the Scotland’s economy and communities that we have an effective planning system that encourages inward investment and strong engagement in the planning process.”
The Scottish government’s press release can be found on their website.