Planning system - promotion and mediation: draft guidance - consultation

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Closes 12 Mar 2021

Questions

1. Have we got the range of areas to which the mediation guidance should cover right?
2. Do you agree with the suggestion to maintain policy support for the use of mediation in National Planning Framework 4?
3. Please tell us about your experience of using mediation including any financial / non-financial costs incurred. Please set out also how any costs were shared between the parties.
4. Do you agree with the proposal that the Scottish Government’s guidance on Development Plan Schemes should reference the use of mediation as one of a range of innovative techniques and activities for engaging stakeholders to be considered in the planning authority’s participation statement?
5. Do you agree with the proposal that planning authorities should consider the use of mediation when preparing the participation statement element of their Development Plan Schemes?
6. Do you agree that the Scottish Government should further investigate the potential role of mediation at the gatecheck stage?
7. Do you agree with the proposal that the Scottish Government guidance should encourage the use of mediation between parties in advance of the development plan examination stage?
8. Do you agree with the proposal that the Scottish Government guidance should amend its guidance on Proposal of Application Notices to encourage the use of mediation between parties in any additional consultation activity attached to Pre-Application Consultation?
9. Do you agree with the proposal that the Scottish Government should provide guidance encouraging the use of mediation between parties in Pre-Application Consultation?
10. Please give us any views you have on the content of these partial assessments.
11. Do you have or can you direct us to any information that would assist in finalising these assessments?
12. Please give us your views on the Island Communities Impact, the Fairer Scotland Duty and Strategic Environmental Assessment screening documents and our conclusion that full assessments are not required.
13. If you consider that full assessments are required, please suggest any information sources that could help inform these assessments?