Planning and Architecture

Streamlining Planning Obligations Improvement Project – July 2017

July 14, 2017 by No Comments | Category Uncategorized

Initial workshops

Initial workshops were held in April / May with Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire Councils. These initial  sessions looked at mapping internal s75 processes, clarifying aims and identifying potential change ideas. Participating authorities are now moving on to testing their change ideas at the local level.

We are also shortly commencing work with a fourth local Authority, East Dunbartonshire.

Anonymous feedback on the initial workshops from one participant: ‘Very useful demonstration of how we can look at our aims, issues etc and break each of them down. Interesting to see how many ideas came up in a short space of time’

Next steps

Participating authorities are refining thoughts on aims, process maps  and clarifying and developing change ideas.   

The next step is to start the first phase of change idea testing, using ‘Plan Do Study Act’ principles. Please get in touch with us if you require help or advice with this process.


We would appreciate if authorities could share their work on aims, process mapping and change ideas with Scottish Government.

As well as that, we would like to provide further updates on individual change ideas and lessons learned in future newsletters .  

We are inviting all our participating Authorities to:

  • Contact the Scottish Government with any write ups from sessions, future Change Ideas, or testing cycles.
  • Disseminate information on the project within your organisations
  • Get in touch with areas you would like to hear more about in terms of good practice
  • Contact the Scottish Government with information you are willing to share across the participants so that we can learn collectively

For more information on the project please contact


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