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Latest News July 2011
As part of the follow-up to the Wider Planning for an Ageing Population report, a national strategy for housing for older people is being prepared. The draft strategy is now available for consultation.
Wider Planning for an Ageing Population
The Scottish Government is committed to enabling older people to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible. This means working to ensure that, whether they live in mainstream or specialist housing, older people live in homes which are safe and secure and, where necessary, adapted to meet mobility needs. With substantial increases forecast in the number of people over 60, this has implications for the provision of housing and support services, as financial pressures grow.
Mediation is a process, involving a neutral, independent, trained facilitator. A mediator assists parties with differences to communicate effectively, understand the underlying issues, assess risk and consider options to enable them to resolve their differences.
There has been a growing interest in the application of mediation in a planning context. In 2008 the Scottish Government, as part of a wide ranging reform of the planning system, commissioned a users guide to assist those with an interest in its application in this context.
During 2010, the Scottish Government commissioned a qualified and experienced mediator to provide mediation support in three individual planning disputes and invited participants making use of mediation to take part in this study. The pilot project outputs are:
An Outline for Potential Participants is also available.
Placements in Directorate for the Built Environment : DBE will be hosting more 2 day sessions to help stakeholders gain a better understanding of the role of the Scottish Government in planning. Further information is available in an outline. If you are interested in attending please e-mail Angela Gray
There are also are a whole raft of presentations here