Planning (Scotland) Bill

Neil Collar: Retirement living and the new Planning (Scotland) Act

Brodies partner Neil Collar outlines how retirement living is addressed in the Planning (Scotland) Bill, which received Royal Assent last month.

Published 7 August 2019

Open letter from chief planner John McNairney

With the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 receiving Royal Assent last week, chief planner John McNairney has written an open letter to provide an update on current workstreams being taken forward by the Scottish Government’s Planning and Architecture Division.

Published 31 July 2019

Improving public health through planning ‘a no brainer’, says RTPI Scotland

Scotland’s public health body should have more explicit connections with the planning system so that place-making can play a more preventative role in creating healthier communities, according to RTPI Scotland.

Published 16 July 2019

Tammy Swift-Adams: Life after the Planning Bill – moving from conflict to collaboration

The new Planning Bill gives Scotland just what it needs: a spur to replace conflict with collaboration.

Published 9 July 2019

Scotland set for ‘more inclusive and collaborative’ planning system as MSPs back ‘radical’ reforms

Planning minister Kevin Stewart said communities will have more say in shaping the future development of their areas after MSPs agreed to a “radical shake-up” of planning laws.

Published 21 June 2019

Scottish Labour set to vote against Planning Bill

Scottish Labour has said that it will vote against the Planning (Scotland) Bill at its final stage today, warning that it has become "a missed opportunity to deliver transformative change".

Published 20 June 2019

Ministers face Planning Bill headache as legislation reaches final stage of scrutiny

Ministers are being urged to go further in its attempts to deliver change to Scotland’s planning system but have also faced calls that last minute amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill could “derail” the system altogether.

Published 18 June 2019

Greens and Scottish Land & Estates draw battle lines for ‘fairer’ planning system

Scottish Green MSPs will stage a series of bids to overhaul Scotland’s planning system over three days of debate in the Scottish Parliament this week.

Published 17 June 2019

Lawyers warn ‘unworkable’ planning legislation risks adding ‘significant additional costs’

Proposed legislation to improve the planning system must be clearer to ensure that it delivers the planning development programme that communities deserve, according to Scotland’s legal regulatory body.

Published 5 June 2019

Kevin Stewart MSP: Putting people and places at the heart of future planning

As the Planning (Scotland) Bill reaches the final phase of the Parliamentary process, local government, housing and planning minister, Kevin Stewart MSP, outlines the reasons behind his Stage 3 amendments.

Published 28 May 2019

Beyond the Planning Bill: How can we deliver more, well-designed homes in the right places?

Craig McLaren summarises the recent UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) roundtable which looked at the changes to the Planning (Scotland) Bill and explored how new approaches to planning can help us to build more, well-designed homes.

Published 24 May 2019

RTPI urges MSPs to drop Planning Bill’s extra duties

The Planning (Scotland) Bill may be unworkable as it stands given the number of unfunded additional duties it currently contains, RTPI Scotland has warned MSPs.

Published 24 April 2019

Colin Lavety: Time to banish the green belt taboo?

Relaxing green belt restrictions will make it easier for developers to build on green belt land, writes Colin Lavety, planning director with Barton Willmore.

Published 4 April 2019

New Planning Bill could ‘break the system’, council planners warn

The body which represents officials running planning authorities across the country has warned that the scale of new responsibilities to be introduced in the Planning (Scotland) Bill could break the back of an already under-resourced system.

Published 28 March 2019

Heads of Planning Scotland: Resourcing the Planning System

Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS) offers to help the Scottish Government better understand the true costs of delivering planning reform and quality services in communities.

Published 25 March 2019