Future directions in planning in Scotland

Roy, Stephen A (1985) Future directions in planning in Scotland. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The thesis examines recent changes in planning legislation in relation to development control in Scotland and concludes with a number of observations as to the likely future direction of planning in Scotland. Part 1 provides a number of foundation chapters on which the remainder of the study is built. These include an examination of the development of Scottish planning in the 1970's, development control and the relationship between development control and local plans. Part 2 examines the legislative changes themselves by firstly looking at the philosophy of the present Conservative Government which came to power in 1979, and secondly, how that philosophy has been implemented through the changes. The area of structure plan approval is also briefly examined in order to highlight the fact that it is not only in development control that the government have made an impact. Finally, the changes are evaluated by comparing what has been done with the declared philosophy of the government. A number of failings and contradictions are identified. Part 3 takes a much broader scope by raising the question of alternative development control systems to the one already in existence in Scotland. Different systems are examined along a continuum of discretion and the link is made between one of these systems, recent literature on the subject and the developments described in Part 2. The working of such a system is examined in detail, that of zoning in Ontario, Canada. The thesis ends by concluding that the development control system in Scotland, given recent changes, is on the brink of a radical transformation towards a more zoning based system which would reduce discretion but increase certainty to the developer. Future development, however, is closely linked to what happens in the rest of the country. The advantages and disadvantages of such a transformation are discussed and it is suggested the likely implications should be strong enough to discourage this.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Urban planning, Public policy
Date of Award: 1985
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1985-76534
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 14:12
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 14:12
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/76534

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