OPINIONS are being sought from constituents in Clydebank and Milngavie on reforming the planning permission system.
Gil Paterson MSP is appealing for constituents to give an assessment on a raft of proposals from the Scottish Government to ensure the right bill goes to the Scottish Parliament later this year.
There are a number of suggestions across a range of categories, from community engagement, house building for the future and reducing bureaucracy.
The consultation opened on Tuesday, January 12 and will close on April 4.
Mr Paterson, the SNP MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “Planning is an important part of shaping our towns, communities and our own homes – so I very much welcome this consultation to put more power in the hands of ordinary people.
“Planning issues often pass through my office and appear in local press – they can be a source of stress for all parties involved. These proposals have a view to cut bureaucracy, so it’s definitely worth taking a look at.
“I urge my constituents to take part and help influence Scotland’s future by giving their views on the series of proposals put forward by the Scottish Government consultation.”
In 2015, ministers commissioned an independent panel to undertake a review of the planning system. The review included opportunities to get involved through both written and oral evidence and an online discussion forum.
Since then the Scottish Government has been working with a wide range of stakeholders, including community representatives, public and private sectors, to explore potential changes to the planning system.
Visit consult.scotland.gov.uk/planning-architecture/a-consultation-on-the-future-of-planning to take part in the consultation.
Press releases prepared by Alan Ferguson, Gil Paterson MSP's communications manager, who can be contacted at email@example.com or 07342 061722..