Youth are missing piece in planning

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Youth involvement is the “missing piece in the planning jigsaw” in Angus, Perthshire and Tayside according to Planning Aid for Scotland.

Planning Aid for Scotland, the independent and impartial organisation, working across Scotland to enable citizens to shape their communities and engage more effectively with planning, has launched a new initiative called Young Placemakers.

The campaign aims to recruit a network of 12 motivated young community leaders who will champion active citizenship and create a stronger voice for young people. It is hoped to attract applications from towns throughout Perthshire, Angus and Tayside - including Brechin.

The Young Placemakers initiative recognises that young people should be more engaged with the decisions which will shape a Scotland that is greener, smarter and stronger. Increasing involvement in the planning system will give young people a central role in the creation of Scotland’s future places.

The campaign was launched at the Scottish Parliament by Petra Biberbach, Planning Aid for Scotland’s chief executive and Derek Mackay MSP, planning minister.

Commenting Ms Biberbach said: “Young people are the missing piece in the planning jigsaw. They are currently disengaged with the process of planning and development, which plays a vital role in shaping the villages, towns, cities and country in which they will live, work and raise their family.

“The Young Placemakers campaign will help young people become more aware of how they can support the challenge to build a sustainable Scotland.”

The Young Placemakers campaign is also being supported by CoSLA, the national voice for Scotland’s local authorities, which is primarily responsible for planning in Scotland.

For more information, or to apply, visit www.youngplacemakers.com