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Proposal 2: Regional partnership working
February 23, 2017
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1.8    The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 reflected a two-tiered system of development plans, with strategic development plans covering our largest city regions (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee, and Aberdeen) and local development plans for each local authority and the two national parks.

1.9    At present, strategic development planning authorities are tasked with preparing a plan which is approved by Scottish Ministers after a comprehensive examination process. The procedures for preparing strategic development plans mean that there is little time to actively work on delivering them. Strategic development planning authorities have no duties or powers to make sure their plans have a strong influence, either nationally or locally.

1.10    The independent panel recommended  that strategic development plans are removed  from the system and that we should focus instead  on co-ordinating development and infrastructure at this scale. We agree, but we recognise that strategic planning has an important contribution to make  to delivering a high performing planning system.  Any changes to the system should support  cross-boundary collaboration, and improve  the co-ordination of strategic development  and infrastructure priorities.

1.11    Planners working at a regional scale should play an active role in partnership working. Strategic planners could add significant value by helping to shape future spatial priorities for investment and providing timely evidence to support stronger joint decision making. Planning should contribute to wider regional activities, including economic and social infrastructure delivery, as well as supporting a clear dialogue between national and local tiers of government. Working together at a regional level would also allow local authorities to combine resources and share potential risks.

1.12    We agree that strategic development plans should be removed from the system, so that planners can better respond to and be involved in wider regional partnership working. Instead, we propose that the National Planning Framework (NPF) sets out regional planning priorities. By incorporating regional strategies at a national scale we would remove the procedural requirements associated with preparing and adopting four stand-alone strategic development plans. This would also give more weight to the spatial strategies for the regions as the National Planning Framework (NPF) is prepared and adopted by Scottish Ministers with input from the Scottish Parliament.

Regional working

1.13    We propose to replace these plans with new duties or powers for local authorities to work together on defining regional priorities. Views on what needs to be done at this scale are invited, but we suggest that the following actions would be beneficial:

  • Helping to develop a strategy and delivery programme to be adopted as part of the National Planning Framework (NPF). We would want to see regional partnerships working with the Scottish Government, agencies and local authorities to make sure there is evidence to support the National Planning Framework (NPF) and then to implement their regional commitments through the delivery programme.
  • Co-ordinating the work of local authorities to support the aspirations for housing delivery, as set out in the National Planning Framework (NPF).
  • Bringing together infrastructure investment programmes to promote an infrastructure first approach, provide a co-ordinated audit of economic and social regional infrastructure, identify the need for strategic investment and support necessary cross-boundary working.
  • Co-ordinating funding of infrastructure projects, potentially including an infrastructure levy, and working with others, in both the public and private sectors, to develop regional funding and finance packages that support their strategies for growth.
  • Acting as a ‘bridge’ between local and national levels by making sure that local development plans support the delivery of wider strategic priorities. Partnerships involving business representatives as well as the public sector could provide a forum where regionally significant matters and common goals can be discussed and used to inform local strategies and development planning.

1.14    We would welcome views on the above actions. We believe they could form the basis of  new duties to help planning authorities to be actively involved in regional partnership working. We are also open to considering making these actions discretionary powers which allow local authorities to decide whether this level of co-ordination would be of value. We would welcome views on working arrangements and governance. We are keen to  avoid creating new partnerships where tasks  can be achieved through existing arrangements.

1.15    Within the above context, the ongoing  review of the National Transport Strategy and  the consideration of regional partnership working. We would also welcome views on the potential to reconsider the roles, responsibilities and areas  of influence of regional transport partnerships  in relation to land use planning and associated transport appraisals, prioritisation and delivery.

Regional geography

1.16    The way in which local authorities and their partners are currently working together at a regional scale is dynamic, and this is relevant to the future of strategic spatial planning in Scotland.

1.17    The emerging Tay Cities Deal (Perth and

Dundee, together with Angus and the North of Fife) is bringing together economic development, planning and transport programmes to provide a joined up and branded approach to supporting future investment. In South East Scotland, regional planning and transport functions are increasingly aligning and linking with economic development and proposals for a city region deal. The three Ayrshire authorities are working together to prepare their own ‘growth deal’. Joint working on the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Region Deal, driven by economic development, is now established and moving forward. Aberdeen City and Shire have a long tradition of co-operation to provide a North East perspective on growth and development and their city deal supports taking this forward with strong private sector representation.

1.18    There is also wider work across all seven  cities, supported by the Scottish Cities Alliance. Regional land use partnerships, to help deliver the aims of the Land Use Strategy, will be explored further. Regional Marine Partnerships are being established to undertake marine planning. Our commitment to addressing climate change is also driving wider partnership working, for example  in the Climate Ready Clyde Project.1 The ongoing enterprise and skills review2 has been exploring the regional geography of economic development and includes proposals that combine stronger national oversight with additional regional coverage for the South of Scotland and developing regional partnerships across Scotland. This could also connect with emerging work on the development of a Scottish Rural Infrastructure Plan.

1.19    All of these arrangements are potentially relevant to the future of strategic planning. We need planning to respond to changing regional priorities and groups, rather than focusing on fixed boundaries. We propose that existing strategic development planning authorities form part of, or are replaced with, partnerships whose membership extends beyond planning to include all those with a role in planning, prioritising and delivering regional economic development and investment in infrastructure.

1.20    We would welcome views on the following options for the scale and coverage of regional partnership working:

  • Rather than defining or fixing the boundaries of partnerships which may or may not reflect changing regional partnerships that emerge over time, local authorities could define the geography of their involvement in regional partnerships locally. This would allow, for example, strategic planning to better align with emerging city and growth deals.
  • We could link strategic planning with the ongoing Enterprise and Skills Review and its proposals for regional working covering the Highlands and Islands, South of Scotland and regional partnership network.
  • We could use the National Planning Framework (NPF) to identify priority areas where future regional partnership working should take place.

1  http://www.sniffer.org.uk/know…..      2 http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0…..508466.pdf clyde/
The Tay Cities Region – Partnership for Growth
The opportunity to secure a City Region Deal has brought together the leaders and chief executives of local authorities across the region to work together as a strategic partnership. The four authorities
(Angus, Dundee City, Fife and Perth and Kinross Councils) are collaborating with their Community Planning Partners, the private sector and voluntary organisations to develop and deliver on an agreed vision for the region as a distinctive place. The partnership has identified how the region’s potential can be unlocked, including by supporting key growth sectors and fostering innovation and  skills development. The need to address social and economic inequalities in both urban and rural areas and support transport and digital infrastructure investment are also identified as key regional priorities.
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1.8    The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 reflected a two-tiered system of development plans, with strategic development plans covering our largest city regions (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee, and Aberdeen) and local development plans for each local authority and the two national parks.

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1.11    Planners working at a regional scale should play an active role in partnership working. Strategic planners could add significant value by helping to shape future spatial priorities for investment and providing timely evidence to support stronger joint decision making. Planning should contribute to wider regional activities, including economic and social infrastructure delivery, as well as supporting a clear dialogue between national and local tiers of government. Working together at a regional level would also allow local authorities to combine resources and share potential risks.

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1.12    We agree that strategic development plans should be removed from the system, so that planners can better respond to and be involved in wider regional partnership working. Instead, we propose that the National Planning Framework (NPF) sets out regional planning priorities. By incorporating regional strategies at a national scale we would remove the procedural requirements associated with preparing and adopting four stand-alone strategic development plans. This would also give more weight to the spatial strategies for the regions as the National Planning Framework (NPF) is prepared and adopted by Scottish Ministers with input from the Scottish Parliament.

 

Regional working

1.13    We propose to replace these plans with new duties or powers for local authorities to work together on defining regional priorities. Views on what needs to be done at this scale are invited, but we suggest that the following actions would be beneficial:  

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