Strategic Development in Scotland

Former BEFS Chair, Graeme Purves, has published a think piece on Strategic Development in Scotland with the UK2070 Commission.

The UK2070 Commission led by Lord Kerslake is currently working on a framework to address spatial inequalities across the United Kingdom. Former BEFS Chair, Graeme Purves, is a member of the Commission and has written a think piece reflecting on his time as Assistant Chief Planner with the Scottish Government, where he led the teams which prepared Scotland’s First and Second National Planning Frameworks.

Graeme provides a review of strategic development in Scotland since the 1940s, with a particular focus on Scotland’s National Planning Framework and its role in the designation of national developments to facilitate the delivery of infrastructure projects of national importance. He highlights relevant issues emerging from the current debate over Scotland’s Planning Bill and outlines recent developments in Scotland’s distinctive land reform agenda. He identifies strengthening regional agency, improving connectivity and the quality of place, and land reform and resettlement as key elements of the agenda for Scotland’s strategic development in the medium to long term.

Read the full think piece here: Strategic Development in Scotland