Fairer Scotland

  • A planning system that supports sustainable development

    18th December 2020 by

    Today I have published changes to the Scottish Planning Policy. The changes tackle complex and difficult issues in our planning system that have been the subject of a number of legal disputes. The changes confirm our continuing support for the delivery of good quality, sustainable development, in the right locations that strike the best possible...

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  • Building a planning system for the future

    26th November 2020 by

    There is an especially busy and exciting period ahead for Scotland’s planning system. We are living through a global health and economic emergency. This has been an enormous challenge for us all but amid the darkness and disruption of Covid-19, we have been reminded about what matters most: the people around us, the places we...

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  • Green infrastructure and sustainable development 

    18th September 2020 by

    The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has made many of us reflect on the importance and value of the homes we live in and the places where we live, work, shop and socialise. As we come out of this pandemic, instead of just getting back to the way things were before, we have a fresh...

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  • What kind of Scotland do we want to see post-lockdown?

    26th June 2020 by

    The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has made many of us reflect on the importance and the value of the places where we live, work, shop and socialise. Now as we begin to come out of lockdown, instead of just getting things back to the way they were before, we have a new opportunity to...

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  • Putting people and places at the heart of future planning

    23rd May 2019 by

    Scotland needs a planning system that will help to deliver inclusive and sustainable economic growth. While there appears to be consensus that the Planning Bill is a great opportunity to improve the current system, the debate has brought to light many different, and often conflicting, views on how planning can and should work in the...

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  • Scotland’s Planning Bill

    20th March 2019 by

    Politicians must work together to avoid damage to Scotland’s economy The Financial Memorandum for the Planning Bill has been published.  This sets out the estimates of the financial implications of the legislation as it stands for the Scottish Government, local government, developers and communities. When the Bill was first introduced to Parliament, I was confident...

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