Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) has written to all planning authorities in Scotland to express its commitment to delivering planning reform.
In the letter it states that
A recent Scottish Government review of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) has established that there is a firm and continuing need for the organisation to continue as the Scottish Champion for good architecture, design and planning in the built environment. As a consequence, A&DS will move to Executive Agency status by April 2010. The process of appointing a chair and board members for the Executive Agency will commence shortly.
This restructuring of the organisation will in no way hinder or delay our ongoing engagement efforts with Planning Authorities and other stakeholders. We are currently working directly with a number of Councils on projects highlighting the importance of design and place. We will distil key lessons and results from these projects and will be making them as widely available as possible. These projects form just a small part of our broader commitment to deliver the new agenda on planning reform.
We are, though, a small national organisation and it would be neither practicable nor proportionate for A&DS to engage with all aspects of the planning system; we intend to adopt a more strategic approach to interacting with development planning, development management and other planning processes. As A&DS moves forward we will also be refocusing our website in an effort to ‘frontload’ the system and place useful information and good practice guidance at your fingertips.
A&DS may be entering a period of transition but our aspiration is to be a resource that adds value to planning and architecture. We look forward to working with you to help create the places of lasting quality that the people of Scotland deserve.