Permitted development rights will be extended to more types of development, which could mean removing uncontroversial minor developments from the planning system, as well as using permitted development to encourage developments which support low-carbon living.
The news highlights a different attitude to that of Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, who last month announced plans to limit permitted development rights in the capital.
The announcement comes as the Scottish government looks to build on the momentum of the independent planning review panel. Extending permitted development is just one of 10 immediate actions identified to speed up the planning process.
“Planning affects everyone’s lives, from ensuring that we have enough of the right types of homes in the right locations, to driving forward regeneration and supporting business development which provides jobs,” stated Kevin Stewart, housing and planning minister.
“It is clear from the recommendations of the independent panel, and the feedback from local authorities, developers and communities, that our planning system can do more for Scotland.”
The Scottish government will work with local authorities, developers and community groups to develop more detailed proposals for reform, which will be consulted on later this year.
This will lead to a new planning bill, which is set to be brought before the Scottish Parliament in 2017.
“I firmly believe that Scotland's planners can lead the delivery of great places, empower communities and provide a stable environment for investment through the uncertain times we live in,” Mr Stewart added.
“We must now work together to ensure our planning system is best placed to support economic growth and housebuilding, while protecting and enhancing the quality of life of all our communities.
“We will now develop proposals for further reform of the planning system over the coming months and will bring forward consultation proposals by the end of the year.”