Published: 28th Jul 2020

A report has called for an independent specialist body to prioritise the infrastructure needed in Scotland and develop a 30-year strategy. The final report by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland says such a body can help deliver an inclusive and net-zero carbon economy. It argues that such an independent organisation would sit outside the political decision-making system and enable it to operate in an arms-length and transparent way. This would also allow the body to challenge Scottish Government while also undertaking tactical public engagement to inform the long-term strategy. The report also calls on the Scottish Government to enshrine the use by all stakeholders of the Place Principle which has already been proven to be an effective model when designing places within planning practice. According to the commission, this would support the creation of sustainable places and help enable a ‘one public sector approach’ to infrastructure which is central to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)