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RESEARCH REPORT ON REVIEW OF SCOTS PLANNING ENFORCEMENT

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A research report on the Review of Planning Enforcement has been published by Scottish planning minister Malcolm Ch...
A research report on the Review of Planning Enforcement has been published by Scottish planning minister Malcolm Chisholm. This follows new and revised powers of planning enforcement contained in the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.

The most significant findings are:

-- There are few concerns about the comprehensiveness of the

new and revised powers, but these are offset by a reluctance

to deploy some of them in practice

-- Attitudes to the effectiveness of the new and revised powers

are very positive, but there are wide variations in their use in

practice

-- Resources for effective and efficient enforcement are a key

concern, coupled with the increasing level of enforcement

work generated by dedicated enforcement staff

-- There is a need for a local policy framework within which to

set enforcement action

Mr Chisholm said:

'The purpose of the Review of Planning Enforcement was to

assess the extent to which these new and revised enforcement

provisions have improved the effectiveness of the enforcement process.

This was done by assessing the practical operation of the new and

amended enforcement provisions; by identifying and evaluating any

percieved shortcomings, and by making recommendations on the

options for improvements to be made.

'The research has identified a number of key areas of effective

planning enforcement, including speedy and appropriate action to

ensure lasting outcomes, effective resourcing and management of the

enforcement process, and strong organisational relationships within

and between planning authorities.'

NOTES

1.The research report Review of Planning Enforcement was

prepared by a Heriot Watt/Edinburgh College of Art Research Team.

The work relied on the co-operation of Local Authority planning

departments. The research was commissioned as part of the

Department's Research programmed approved by ministers in 1995

into the new and revised powers of enforcement contained in the

Planning and Compensation Act 1991.

2.The report expresses the researchers' own views. It has been

published to assist in assessing the extent to which the new and revised provisions of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 have improved the ease and speed of carrying out the enforcement process. It follows on from research carried out in England and Wales which has resulted in the recent publication of a Consolidated Circular and Good Practice Guide by DETR. It is the intention of the department to follow up this research with the production of a Consolidated Circular and Planning Advice Note.

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