In September the Scottish Government announced the creation of a panel to carry out a "game-changing review of Scotland’s planning system".
In response, RTPI Scotland has set out a series of recommendations for how the planning system could be improved.
It said the planning system must become more proactive and frontloaded. "This requires a truly plan-led approach that promotes the primacy of the development plan," it said.
RTPI Scotland also recommended that development plans become more "succinct, place-focussed and visual", and there should be "more frontloaded community and stakeholder engagement in the preparation of the development plan".
It also recommended that there should be "a simpler process of examinations" for the development plan.
It added: "Allocations within the local development plan should establish the principle of development; deemed consents. This will reduce double-working on subsequent planning applications on allocated sites as less information and input will be required."
Pam Ewen, convenor, RTPI Scotland, said: "Scotland has an internationally renowned planning system. Much of it works well, however there are parts that need to be improved. Planning needs to be at the heart of what local authorities do and to be integrated with transport, health, environment and business to ensure housing, economic growth and social well-being are delivered holistically for people."
"Our proposals have been developed after extensive engagement with our members across Scotland working in the public, private and voluntary sectors and aim to build on the untapped potential the planning system has in making a difference for people and places."