Street in Glasgow

Scotland making long-term plans for green communities

The Scottish Government has announced that they are more likely to approve projects to return former industrial or derelict sites to community use thanks to thew introduction of new long-term planning reforms.

With the policy that is used to assess planning applications for the next decade coming into effect today, the government is encouraging local authorities to support proposals for development to deliver restored green space as part of their plans. This falls under the fourth iteration of the National Planning Framework.

The policies included in the National Planning Framework 4 will aim to:

  • Enable more renewable energy generation, outside National Parks and National Scenic Aras, to support the transition away from reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Regenerate city and town centres to help them adapt to economic change while restricting some out of town retail and drive through developments
  • Support the delivery of good quality, affordable homes in neighbourhoods where people can easily access shops, schools and workplaces within a 20 minute walk or cycle.

Tom Arthur, Planning Minister, said:

“The Scottish Government has supported this transformation from a derelict site which was holding back development in North Ayrshire into a significant new visitor attraction and sports facility.

“Our reforms represented a turning point for planning, a strong signal of support for healthier communities and prosperous local economies. They can help promote local renewal at sites across Scotland in line with the National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

“This Framework gives local planners across the country the green light to build the fairer, greener Scotland we want to see to tackle climate change and benefit future generation.”

Anthea Dickson, North Ayrshire Council Provost, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the Minister and show what an incredible facility we have here in the Garnock Valley.

“Since officially opening late last year, the Lochshore Park Hub has already proven to be a popular destination for local residents and visitors alike. Not only is it an attractive, vibrant facility but as we move on to the next stages of its development, the benefits it provides will become even greater.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without close collaboration with the local community who have been integral to its development from the very early stages – it’s a real testament to community spirit.”

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