Henry McLeish heads new campaign to help influence new Planning Bill
The Scottish Alliance for People and Places, which includes COSLA and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), has come together to help deliver a “more inclusive, collaborative and innovative” planning system when the Bill is introduced to Holyrood later this year.
It will promote the need for a planning system that “inspires and empowers civic participation, recognises the positive force that quality economic development can play in creating a more equal society, and is built on fostering strong relationships through consensus and collaboration”. It aims to put forward a compelling argument for change and develop constructive ideas for how to realise that change by influencing MSPs, Minister and officials.
The Alliance is chaired by former First Minister and town planner Rt Hon Henry McLeish. Its members are:
- PAS (Planning Aid for Scotland)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland
- Paths for All
- COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities)
- Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
- Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
- Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland
- Scotland’s Towns Partnership
- Scottish Mediation Network
- Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland
Speaking at the launch of the Alliance, RTPI Scotland director, Craig McLaren, said: “The planning bill is an opportunity to create a planning system that allows everyone to help shape the places they live in. RTPI Scotland looks forward to working with partners in the Alliance to help make this a reality.”
Former First Minister Henry McLeish added: “We want to work with the Scottish Government and Parliament to present an ambitious vision for a refreshed and revitalised planning system in Scotland that plans and delivers the quality economic and social development our country needs, but through collaboration and dialogue.
“Over the coming months, we will harness the experience and expertise of our members to offer constructive policy solutions that we believe can make this type transformational cultural change a reality.”
Sarah Boyack, head of public affairs for the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, said: “Quality, affordable, warm homes in well-designed communities are essential for our health and well-being and are an investment in our future. We aim to help empower people to positively influence the places that they live and to ensure a supply of quality housing that meets people’s needs across Scotland.”