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Planning

Planning

Major New Development In West Edinburgh Moves A Step Closer

Bricks

Proposals put forward by West Craigs Limited for a major new development in west Edinburgh have moved a step closer with the issue of a Notice of Intention last week.

The plans include 1500 new homes, retail units, commercial premises and a new primary school.  Although the Site had been identified for development in the Local Development Plan, the planning application had been refused by the Council due to concerns relating to impacts on the green belt and infrastructure provision.

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Please don't stop the music

Bricks

On 16 February 2018 researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Turku in Finland published the UK’s first live music venue census. The survey found that 29% of small music venues (defined as those with less than 350 seats), and 27% of all music venues, have experienced problems with noise complaints from neighbouring developments.

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Three Key Ways to Plan for Great Communities

The Canadian philosopher Jean Vanier said “Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don't talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.”

I’m proud to be part of a fabulous community who work tirelessly to create a happy, supportive and healthy place to live.

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Guest Blog: Planning (Scotland) Bill

We were delighted that Kevin Stewart, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, was able to join us at our recent seminar to outline the key provisions of the Planning (Scotland) Bill. With over 150 delegates from the public and private sectors attending our events in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, we heard lots of different views on the proposed reforms to the planning system.

The Minister has provided a guest blog setting out his key aims for the Bill.

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Scottish Government Publishes Planning Bill

Theresa Hunt

Following an extended period of consultation, the Scottish Government has published an early Christmas present in the form of the Planning (Scotland) Bill, setting out its proposed changes to the Scottish planning system.  The Scottish Government has said its aim is to provide an improved system of development planning, giving people a greater say in the future of their places and supporting delivery of planning development. 

The Bill can be accessed here

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Is the Housebuilding Warm Front Here to Stay?

Scott Peterkin

The recent cold snap is at odds with the temperature of Scotland’s central belt housebuilding market. Much like life itself, you tend to appreciate things by contrast, and the housebuilding market feels hot right now.

It’s a great place to be as the industry recovers from the credit crunch under the umbrella of ‘cautious optimism’ and an albeit steady, but improving market.

Among a number of positive signs is the increasing competition for new sites. But is caution (like winter clothing) being thrown to the wind as the temperature rises?

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Hitting the bottle: the minimum pricing policy

After 5 years of judicial process, the Supreme Court has confirmed that alcohol in Scotland must not be sold below a minimum price.  The decision has been heralded as “Scotland’s biggest public health breakthrough since the ban on smoking in public places”.

The Scottish Government introduced the legislation in 2012 preventing alcohol being sold for less than 50p per unit.

The Scottish Whisky Association challenged the minimum pricing requirements on the grounds that it breached European Union law on the free movement of goods and was outwith the powers

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Beware! Three-yearly Returns for Leases under LBTT

Stuart Gardiner

Whilst Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (“LBTT”) in Scotland is broadly similar in nature to Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) which applies within the rest of the UK, there are some key differences between the two regimes.

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Model Tenancy Agreement now Available for New Residential Tenancies

Further to the new Private Residential Tenancy (“PRT”) regime which comes into force on 1 Dec 2017, the Scottish Government has now published the Model Tenancy Agreement which they had promised to introduce as a suggested template for new PRT agreements.

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Breaking News: The End of the Road for the Strategic Transport Fund

The Supreme Court has this morning found that the Strategic Transport Fund which was put in place by Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority is unlawful (read the judgment here). This decision upholds the judgment of the Court of Session issued last year.

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