Planning reforms to boost play provision.

young boy in red wellies balances on wooden play structure
Susan Thomson

Supporting Outdoor Play

Planning reforms to boost play provision.

Children and young people will have more opportunities to play outside under new planning reforms.

Under the policy, local authorities will be encouraged to support planning applications for the development of play spaces, parks and sports facilities. The changes will increase opportunities for outdoor activity and help implement a commitment to incorporate children and young people’s rights into Scots law and practice.

New regulations are also being introduced to require local authorities to assess the adequacy of play spaces and consult local children and communities. This will ensure councils are better informed when making future provision for play in their local development plans.

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