The planning system affects us all – it shapes our local services, job opportunities, transport infrastructure and more. Through balancing competing demands for development, it aims to create places which improve the quality of life for communities.

While it does have the public interest at its heart, Scotland’s planning system is not perfect. Around ten years ago, the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act marked the most comprehensive reform of our planning system in sixty years. It aimed to modernise the planning system by making it more efficient and inclusive, with a focus on sustainable development.

A decade on, the effectiveness of this modernised system has been placed under scrutiny through a substantial independent review, published in May this year. This article takes an opportunity to compare the findings and recommendations of the Review with theGovernment’s response for action, issued in July.

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