SGF chief executive Pete Cheema

SGF chief executive Pete Cheema

The Scottish Grocers Federation has launched a facility to allow its convenience store members to access information on planning applications and local development plans.

The ‘Planning Gateway’ on the website of the trade association provides members with a direct link to every local authority planning portal in Scotland. There are also links to every local development plan, which shows where retail developments can be sited within each new enterprise, business and housing zone.

The facility is part of an ongoing project at SGF to provide members with an interactive platform for planning and development. The next phase of the project aims to provide data from every town and city in Scotland on demographics, retail density per head of population, socio-economic profile, digital connectivity and economic activity.

“Planning issues are vital in enabling our members to assess the level of competition on the ground and in making investment decisions locally,” said SGF chief executive Pete Cheema.

“The Gateway provides full geographical coverage of Scotland and will be of major benefit to our members - we must take advantage of the opportunities offered through local development and planning across Scotland and make the process work for us.”