The Digital Office for Scottish Local Government has been allocated one of three Digital Pathfinder projects commissioned by the Scottish Government, to support and prepare for the delivery of the Digital Planning Transformation Programme across the country.
The Digital Planning Transformation Programme aims to strengthen the contribution that planning can make to inclusive growth, delivering housing and infrastructure and to empower communities. The Scottish Government believes that the system needs to change to respond to a changing world. That includes the part planning must play in addressing climate change and ensuring we sustain and support communities across Scotland.
The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 was passed by the Scottish Parliament in June 2019. This will determine the future structure of the modernised planning system.
As a continuation of the Digital Planning Strategy Consultation, three pathfinder projects have been funded in order to ascertain the ground truth with regards to how planning is currently managed in practice across Scotland. These pathfinder projects include: Data, PlanTech and Technology Landscape.
The Digital Planning Landscape Review pathfinder, which will be carried out over three months by the Digital Office, aims to:
- Produce a clear understanding of innovation and best practice underway in the Scottish Local Government sector in relation to planning;
- Provide a better understanding of some of the key technical constraints that Local Authorities may face in adopting the proposals in the digital strategy.
The data gathering will primarily be centered around virtual interviews with your key colleagues working in and around planning and the company Thoughtworks have been contracted to carry out the interviews and to compile the findings into a report, which commenced on 8 June 2020.
A Heartbeat Marketing Pack has been produced, detailing the work packages, capability model, resource requirements and timescales.