Anne McTaggart MSP has stressed the importance of having coherent planning systems in place across local authorities in Scotland. Ms McTaggart made her calls during Cameron Buchanan’s members debate on Strategic Planning in the Lothians at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 18th June.
Ms McTaggart said “I understand the importance of a coherent planning system across the regions of Scotland, and I have previously enjoyed learning about the work of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley strategic development plan area at the Local Government and Regeneration Committee, of which Cameron Buchanan and I are both members.
Although those regional bodies and the work that they carry out might initially appear far removed from our everyday lives, the effect of the decisions that they take cannot be underestimated. Strategic development plans will inform future planning applications and will be instrumental in creating the kind of town and city centres that we all want to live in.
We must ensure that our local community groups are consulted alongside local and national public bodies at the early stage of the planning process. I am confident that, through meaningful engagement in all our planning areas, we can create the kind of Scotland that we all want.”
Read the full debate here.