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The Future for Planning in Scotland: What Does the New Planning Law Mean for You?

The new planning law is the most amended piece of legislation in the Scottish Parliament’s 20 year history and with 230 amendments at stage 2, the bill was described as unrecognisable from that which was originally proposed. It went through a further 150 changes at Stage 3. What’s in the bill as passed and what does it mean for you?

How do we make the new planning legislation work?

Attendees will consider how to ensure the Planning (Scotland) Act works in practice with specific focus on the statutory imposition of Chief Planning Officers within all local authorities thus ensuring a professional champion of ‘place’ at local top tables; forging collaboration between local authorities to maximise the opportunities that the new Regional Spacial Strategies provide as well as explore the options to synthesize these with the governance structures that support current mechanisms of strategic delivery of infrastructure such as city region and growth deals and interaction with community groups to facilitate greater inclusiveness.

Addressing housing and other needs of the community

As one of the express objectives of the new Planning Act was to make it easier for communities to influence the planning process, sessions will also look at one of the novel aspects of the act in the new Local Place Plans and how the obligation on local planning authorities to take them into consideration affects the manner that they approach both short and longer term planning decisions.

There will also be consideration of other aspects of the legislation which affect communities, namely the statutory requirement for planning authorities to provide adequate space for play opportunities for young children in Local Development Plans and to take the health effects of developments into consideration before granting planning permission and importantly whether it provides adequate protection to the environment and places of historical and archaeological significance.

Furthermore, given the lack of affordable housing has been demonstrated to be one of the drivers of wealth inequality, there will also be specific consideration as to whether the Planning Act will deliver the proliferation in house-building and inclusive economic growth that it was originally intended to do.

Infrastructure funding

The final legislation makes provisions for an infrastructure levy payable to local authorities, but the implications of this and how this will be administered in practice is still unclear. Beyond this, we will host a discussion on the next steps to ensure that the planning system is adequately resourced and able to finance major infrastructure projects.

Throughout attendees will also look to the secondary legislation, which will contain details as to how the law will be applied and the prospects of this in the Scottish Parliament.

Join Holyrood on 29 October as we examine the new planning legislation and what it means for you.  
 

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Key Issues We’ll Address With You

  • An overview of the legislation as passed in advance of consultation for NPF4
  • The role of the new Chief Planning Officers and what implications this has for local authorities
  • Fostering collaboration and a briefing on the new Regional Spacial Strategies
  • Developing Local Place Plans and how to engage with these to ensure mutual benefit
  • Implications of new statutory obligations on local authorities to take the health impact of developments into account when providing planning permission and to make provisions for play space for young children
  • The Planning (Scotland) Act and inclusive economic growth
  • Meeting Scotland’s housing needs
  • Short-term lets and Rent Control Areas

Who Should Attend?

  • Policy Officers and officials within the Scottish Government and Executive Agencies
  • Policy officers/researchers/Communications/Outreach people from third sector organisations
  • Housing associations
  • Community councils
  • Strategic planners, management within development + engineering and construction firms
  • Managers, directors, and chief executives of community organisations
  • Director, managers, policy officers of third sector and equality organisations
  • Director, manager, policy officers at social inclusion/poverty think tanks
  • Community planning, business services, planning and health improvement and partnership and commissioning in local authorities
  • Community planning partnerships
  • Private sector working in community regeneration
  • Those working in Early-years, or with an interest in the expansion of play opportunities
  • Members of regional health boards and SMT of NHS at national level concerned with how planning decisions affect health outcomes
  • Letting agencies and estate agents

  

Speakers

  • Professor Cliff Hague, Professor Emeritus of Planning and Spacial Development, Heriot Watt University, Chair of the Cockburn Association and Former President of the RTPI & Commonwealth Association of Planners
  • Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning
  • Alastair McKie, Convener, Planning Sub-Committee, Law Society of Scotland and Partner, Planning, Environment and Transport, Anderson Strathern
  • Sally Thomas, Chief Executive, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Clare Symonds, Chair, Planning Democracy 
  • Andrew Mather, Chair, Cramond & Barton Community Council
  • Ian McCall, Senior Development Manager, Paths for All 
  • Diarmid Hearns, Head of Public Policy, The National Trust for Scotland
  • David McAllister, Comms and Parliamentary Affairs Manager, PAS
  • Craig McLaren, Director, RTPI Scotland

Agenda*

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

  • Professor Cliff Hague, Professor Emeritus of Planning and Spacial Development, Heriot Watt University, Chair of the Cockburn Association and Former President of the RTPI & Commonwealth Association of Planners

10:10 Session 1: Creating a streamlined planning system that benefits local communities whilst guaranteeing long-term funding

  • Does the legislation as passed maintain the fundamental policy objectives of creating an infrastructure-first planning system that empowers local communities?  This session is intended to be an overview of the law, where we are and how we got here.
  • The infrastructure levy and funding Scotland’s capital projects in the future

Speakers include: 

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning

Alastair McKie, Convener, Planning Sub-Committee, Law Society of Scotland and Partner, Planning, Environment and Transport, Anderson Strathern

10:45    Questions and Discussion

11:05    Interactive session

11.45    Refreshments and Networking

12:05    Session 2: Fostering Collaboration and Addressing Community Needs: Making the new planning system work

  • Stronger partnerships are needed across the board between developers, planning authorities, community groups and other local stakeholders but also between different local authorities across the regions in Scotland. This session will analyse how existing bureaucratic apparatus can be used to further this objective and examples of best practice as to a RSS that works for as many people as possible is brought into fruition.
  • Discussion of Local Place Plans and new legal obligation on planning authorities to take these into account.  What are the implications of this?
  • Does the law deliver inclusive economic growth?

Speakers include: 

Sally Thomas, Chief Executive, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Clare Symonds, Chair, Planning Democracy 

Andrew Mather, Chair, Cramond & Barton Community Council  

13:30    Questions and Discussion

14:05    Lunch and Networking

14:45    Session 3: Meeting Scotland’s housing needs whilst providing adequate provisions for place for wellbeing

  • Will the new law lead to more house building?
  • Briefing on the role of the new Chief Planning Officers and the implications this has for local authorities’ delivery of quality place-making.
  • Ramifications of the new obligation to take the health effects on the local population of developments into account and make adequate space for children to have the opportunity to play.
  • Discussion of whether there is adequate protection for our environment and natural and cultural heritage

Speakers include:

Ian McCall, Senior Development Manager, Paths for All

Diarmid Hearns, Head of Public Policy, The National Trust for Scotland

David McAllister, Comms and Parliamentary Affairs Manager, PAS

Craig McLaren, Director, RTPI Scotland

15:15    Questions and Discussion

15:40    Closing Remarks from Chair

Professor Cliff Hague, Professor Emeritus of Planning and Spacial Development, Heriot Watt University, Chair of the Cockburn Association and Former President of the RTPI & Commonwealth Association of Planners

15:45    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Date
29 Oct 2019
Venue
Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AS, United Kingdom
Cost
Reduced rate
1 place £145 + VAT

Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard rate
1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector rate
1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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