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Planning

Planning

Reflecting on All Energy 2019: How can we encourage investment in the wind sector?

From a finance and funding perspective, the message from All Energy was, overall, positive. The main takeaway for me was that further investment is ready and waiting, subject only in some cases to commitments from policy makers.

The recently announced offshore sector deal could be the catalyst the industry needs in terms of achieving updates to the transmission network, continued CfD support and so forth to allow further growth and investment.

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Air on the side of caution

On 28 April 2019, the Scottish Government’s Short Term Lets Delivery Group launched a consultation inviting comments on the registration and licensing of short-term letting (STL). The consultation closes on 19 July 2019.

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Planning (Scotland) Bill - reaching completion?

Following the positive mood at the recent Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch and Awards, we can all agree that the housebuilding industry is faring well and housebuilders have a great appetite for new sites in the right locations.

But there are headwinds. Planning is key to delivery of much needed new homes to meet the current shortfall in supply, and when an independent review of the system was announced in 2015 many thought this could be a ‘silver bullet’ opportunity to sort out a creaking system.

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All Energy – Key themes and messages from the 2019 conference

As Glasgow basked in glorious sunshine last week, the Burness Paull Renewables team attended the 2019 All Energy conference at the SEC. There was a distinct air of both realism and optimism in the arena as to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as the UK seeks to meet its stretching decarbonisation targets.

We noticed three key themes coming up in presentations and discussions at the conference: 

1.

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Continuing on the road to the EV Revolution

Last week BP led an industry statement, issued in conjunction with National Grid, Centrica and Siemens (among others), calling on the UK Government to work with industry in setting out a vision to significantly improve ultra-fast charging technology and ultra-rapid charging infrastructure – fresh off the back of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change comments on the need to support the necessary changes to the network to facilitate the adoption of zero emission vehicles.

There has been a lot of discussion, interest and increased focus in this space over the last 12-18 months, with man

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Scottish Ministers’ Dairy Decision Lactose Material Planning Considerations

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On 23 January 2019 the Court of Session quashed the Scottish Ministers' decision to refuse Graham's Dairy appeal for residential development near Bridge of Allan. 

The decision provides useful guidance to developers and decision makers as to how Scottish Planning Policy should be applied where there is a shortage in the five year effective housing land supply.  The Court was critical of the Scottish Government’s handling of the appeal and failure to keep its reasoning up to date, describing it as a “somewhat careless approach to decision making”.  

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Housing Supply - What's In A Number?

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At a hearing into one of our clients’ residential developments last year, a local resident commented that it was easier to measure the distance to the sun or the breadth of a human hair than calculate the housing land supply in Renfrewshire. No one disagreed. 

While it is well established that local authorities must maintain at least a five-year effective housing land supply at all times, disputes as to whether they are allocating enough land for housing are common place. 

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Delivering More?

'Delivering More’ is the aptly named title of Homes for Scotland's latest strategy which was launched at its annual conference at Murrayfield Stadium last week.

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Is Late Living Coming of Age?

Retirement living is a hot topic it seems. Not just with those eagerly looking forward to life after the daily grind of earning an honest living, but also increasingly amongst developers, operators and investors as the sector is seen as a valuable business opportunity that has significant potential for growth.

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With great power comes great responsibility: assessing the product liability risks of electric vehicles

The previously slow meander towards electrification of the automotive industry has appeared to accelerate greatly in the last year, with recent news stories suggesting that electric and hybrid vehicles (known collectively as Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles, or ULEVs) will gain a far greater share of the automotive market in the coming years.

Last summer, the governments of Europe appeared to be falling over one another to make promises to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, with the Scottish and Westminster governments undertaking to do so by 2032 and 2040 respectively.

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