Executive Committee

The Executive Committee oversees the operation of HOPS and is made up of representatives from up to 14 authorities and the HOPS Project Manager. There are also three co-opted members representing external organisations (COSLA, RTPI Scotland and the Improvement Service).


  • To provide leadership and direct the work programme for sub-committees
  • To provide support, guidance and advice to the sub-committees in respect of planning, environmental and other matters
  • To influence and develop opportunities to work collaboratively to make a positive contribution to planning and related matters


  • To develop, ensure delivery of and monitor a Business Plan
  • To agree and monitor the annual budget
  • To lead communication and liaison with the Scottish Government, public bodies, COSLA and the organisations relevant to the interests of HOPS
  • To make recommendations and take actions in relation to matters of policy
  • To direct public relations and stakeholder communications

Remit achieved by

  • Having an approved and supported Business Plan
  • Ensuring that the priorities of the Executive Committee are communicated to sub-groups
  • Ensuring that all representatives on such groups provide a written briefing note on the progress of those working groups to each sub-committee meeting as required
  • Having a membership which is well informed with a sound understanding of planning modernisation and management practice
  • Identifying areas of collaboration and innovation to positively improve the planning system
  • Focusing on key issues, bet practice, shared experiences, formal an informal benchmarking and the commissioning of any surveys or audits across all LPAs, when considered necessary

Core Script

The Executive Committee will take an open and inclusive approach to its work, with members disseminating information to and being informed by the wider HOPS membership


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