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Gary McGovern: Policy vacuum risks blowing Scotland’s net zero carbon drive off course

Scotland will struggle to reach its net zero carbon targets unless Holyrood takes a swift and stronger grip on planning policy surrounding the deployment of taller turbine models, as well as a permissive approach to repowering of first-generation onshore windfarms with the latest technology, writes Gary McGovern.

Published 24 July 2020

Rodney Whyte: Scotland needs to build homes and communities for its ageing population

The Scottish Government needs to encourage investment in Later Living and, in turn, provide a boost for the construction industry, says residential property specialist Rodney Whyte. 

Published 23 June 2020

Infrastructure experts launch resource to help joint ventures to deliver global mega projects better

International law firm Pinsent Masons has launched a global guide to help the infrastructure sector to better deliver global mega infrastructure projects through Joint Ventures (JVs).

Published 27 February 2020

Katherine Metcalfe: Scottish Government risks falling behind on post-Grenfell safety

Katherine Metcalfe compares building safety regulations north and south of the border.

Published 24 February 2020

Change required to drive infrastructure's technology revolution, finds survey

A continued lack of understanding of technology is prohibiting change within the infrastructure sector, a global survey from law firm Pinsent Masons has revealed.

Published 31 January 2020

Bruce Craig: HSE prosecutions at all time low but businesses must maintain standards

Health and safety expert Bruce Craig warns that while prosecutions for breaching health and safety laws are at record low levels, businesses have a duty to maintain the highest standards.

Published 9 January 2020

Tesco unveils major investment in new renewable electricity generating capacity

Tesco has announced a significant project to source electricity directly from Scottish renewables projects – the biggest of its type ever completed by a retailer in the UK.

Published 30 October 2019

Rodney Whyte: Scots law missing a trick on ‘later living’ projects

Rodney Whyte, partner and specialist in residential land development at Pinsent Masons, looks at how Scots law is holding back "later living" developments.

Published 2 August 2019

Russell Munro: Winchburgh Village plan can provide blueprint for housing delivery

A model agreement between the Scottish Government, West Lothian Council and a newly-created joint venture could help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis if replicated in other regions, writes Russell Munro.

Published 6 February 2019

Blog: LBTT has worked – but a Brexit break might be due

By Rodney Whyte, partner and property and planning specialist at legal firm Pinsent Masons

Published 26 October 2018

Operational delivery ‘key to return on investment’ for Build to Rent in Scotland

Investors into Scotland’s Build to Rent (BTR) sector have been urged to ensure that schemes have operational management factored in from the earliest stages of development.

Published 11 December 2017

New legislation ‘likely’ after landmark Supreme Court ruling

Yesterday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling in favour of Elsick Development Company (Elsick) against Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority could shape legislation in the upcoming Planning Bill, according to law firm Pinsent Masons.

Published 26 October 2017

Planning gain 'holidays’ could stimulate stalled building projects, says property lawyer

A property lawyer has called on local authorities to offer ‘planning gain holidays’ to revive stalled commercial and housing developments.

Published 6 September 2016

'UK Renewables Industry could benefit from Brexit double boost'

The UK’s renewable industry could receive a dual boost from Brexit, according to planning experts at legal firm Pinsent Masons.

Published 30 June 2016

Chinese investment could boost fund major Scottish construction projects

Moves by Chancellor George Osborne to encourage Chinese involvement in the HS2 high speed rail project could pave the way for foreign investment into key Scottish infrastructure projects, according to an infrastructure and projects lawyer.

Published 28 September 2015