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PLANNERS WELCOME NEW SCOTTISH OFFICE TEAM

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The Royal Town Planning Institute has welcomed the new Scottish Office team and believes the new ministers will pre...
The Royal Town Planning Institute has welcomed the new Scottish Office team and believes the new ministers will present a number of fresh opportunities.

Speaking today, the institute's Scottish director Craig McLaren, said: 'We look forward to working with the new team to implement policy for an economically and environmentally sustainable Scotland.'

With reference to a Scottish parliament, he said: 'This could represent a real opportunity for drawing up a more transparent and open approach to implementing planning policy in Scotland.'

Mr Mclaren explained that it would open up a number of opportunities:

-- the introduction of a more transparent and open approach to policy formulation and implementation, such as National Planning Policy Guidelines

-- better relations between central and local government in Scotland

-- a chance to focus decision making on a Scottish basis

And he also welcomed the new set-up of the Scottish Office. 'We agree with the bringing together of planning, transport and the environment. These are all interrelated and it is necessary for them to be used in unison if we are to strive for a sustainable Scotland.

'The appointment of Malcolm Chisholm as planning minister is also a positive move. We have already worked with him in his role as shadow and we look forward to providing advice.'

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