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Edinburgh

Planning team shares platform with Scottish Minister on discussion of planning framework revision


​Edinburgh, June 27th 2013 - Jones Lang LaSalle’s planning team has today met with Scottish planning minister Derek Mackay, to ensure that proposed changes to the Scottish planning system will put a greater emphasis on economic benefits.

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on Scotland’s third National Planning Framework (NPF3) and a revised Scottish Planning Policy. Mr Mackay  has outlined that proposed changes to the planning system will place a greater weight on economic inputs. This includes the creation of new jobs as well as recognising and responding to economic conditions.

David Bell, Head of Planning for Jones Lang LaSalle in Scotland who joined other key business leaders at today’s breakfast event, said: “We were delighted to participates in this and we welcome the Government’s commitment to ensuring that economic considerations are given more weight in planning determinations. I consider this will make an important contribution to attaining more sustainable economic growth. It is important that the planning system gives the right level of attention to economic benefits, whilst still ensuring that environmental safeguards are in place.”

David added: “This is a real opportunity to amend national planning policy to secure these objectives”.