Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee
The Committee was established in June 2021. It focuses on:
- local government (including councils)
- the planning system in Scotland
- housing and housing strategy
- building standards
Meeting details are not yet available. They will be published here in due course.
Get in touch
If you want to get in touch, you can contact Euan Donald, the Clerk for the committee.
Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
Email: [email protected]
If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.
Members of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee
Party: Scottish National Party
MSP for: Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley (Constituency)
Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)
At its meeting on 14 June 2022, the Committee agreed a programme of future work.
Understanding Barriers to local elected office
The Committee previously held sessions looking at the barriers to local elected office. The Committee agreed to pause this work until after the local elections in May 2022. The Scottish Government will shortly be publishing an analysis of the diversity of the councillors elected. The Committee has agreed to look at this analysis and consider what progress may have been made in the diversity of candidates returned in May’s elections.
Local Governance Review
The Committee will also return to scrutinise the local governance review progress in the coming months. The local governance review intends to ensure Scotland’s diverse communities and places have greater control and influence over decisions that affect them most. The local governance review was launched in 2017, and last year the Committee urged the Scottish Government to make progress on the review. To inform further work on this issue, the Committee has commissioned research looking at other local government funding models.
Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 – post-legislative scrutiny
The Committee expects to begin the second phase of its post-legislative scrutiny of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 later this year. This second phase will focus on community planning. The Committee will agree its approach to this inquiry in September.
Pre-legislative scrutiny of private rented housing legislation
The Scottish Government has said it will introduce legislation concerning private rented housing. The Committee has agreed to do some work before that legislation is introduced to understand the key issues for tenants and landlords.
Letter from the Minister on understanding barriers to elected office 5 October 2022
Letter to the Minister Mobile Homes, 26 July 2022
Decision on Taking Business in Private, Rent Freeze and Evictions Moratorium, Subordinate Legislation
Decision on Taking Business in Private, Subordinate Legislation, Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2023-24, Subordinate Legislation
The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee's report on its post-legislative scrutiny of Part 9 of the Community Empowerment Act (the 'Act') about the provision of allotments by local authorities, and its exploration of wider food growing opportunities.
This report covers the work of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee during the parliamentary year from 13 May 2021 to 12 May 2022.
To consider and report on matters relating to local government, housing and planning falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government and the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, and matters relating to the Local Government Boundary Commission and local governance review and democratic renewal within the responsibility of the Deputy First Minister.