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Planning

Planning

Bringing an End to the Conversation on Fracking

Bricks

On 3 October 2017, Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Government’s Energy Minister, announced that the Scottish Government’s moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development would be extended into a permanent ban. The announcement follows a period of evidence gathering and consultation by the Scottish Government, which I covered in my previous blog ‘Digging Deeper – Talking Fracking’.

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Scottish Government Issues Position Statement on Planning Reforms

Emma Dewar

The Scottish Government has published its Position Statement on proposed changes to the Scottish planning system.  This follows the consultation on the Scottish Government’s Places, People and Planning White Paper.

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Enjoy The View

John Strachan

We all know how easy it can be to get caught up in the day to day.  To lose sight of the bigger picture.  To forget to take time to recognise and mark our achievements.

At this year’s Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch and Awards, Chief Executive Nicola Barclay used the clever analogy of a favourite family hill walk to illustrate the point. Running the gauntlet of development plan reviews, community consultations, satisfying planning conditions. Cajoling roads officials and utility providers. Satisfying building standards and energy efficiency requirements.

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Housebuilding - Maintaining a Sunny Disposition

Hasn’t the weather been amazing? I can’t quite recall a better period of dry weather since I was locked away studying for my Highers… and that wasn’t yesterday. It definitely puts everyone in a better mood.

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Industry Deflated Over Increase in Planning Fees

Theresa Hunt

The Scottish Government has announced a significant increase in planning fees that will come into effect from 1 June 2017.

Following a short consultation and only one week before the local elections, the announcement has received a mixed response from industry.

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Digging Deeper - Talking Fracking

Bricks

As we head toward the first full month since the Scottish Government launched ‘Talking “Fracking” – A Consultation on Unconventional Oil and Gas’ what else do we need to know in order to provide valuable input into the “cautious, evidence-led approach” to determining the future of shale gas extraction in Scotland?

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Guest blog: Places People and Planning

We were delighted that Kevin Stewart, the Minister for Local Government and Housing was able to join us to introduce the Government’s consultation paper “Places people and planning” setting out proposals for the review of planning in Scotland and engage positively in the debate with our delegates on the proposals in the paper.  The Minister has set out his aspirations for the new system, highlighted in his guest blog below and we would again encourage you to engage in the consultation.

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Planning - Game Changer?

Craig Whelton

Planning Review Seminars

“Inspiring”, “influential”, “dynamic”, “delivery of great places”, “a force for positive change” and “improve lives” – just some of the words and phrases from the opening two pages of “Places, people and planning”, the much anticipated Scottish Government consultation paper on the future of the planning system in Scotland.

With the consultation paper hot off the press, we welcomed more than 130 clients and friends of the fir

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Accelerating Growth Towards A Smaller World The Smart Way

Margaret Bochel

Literary critic and writer Cyril Connolly once said “No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.”   And yet the Edinburgh and South East Scotland (ESES) City Region Deal clearly articulates an aspiration for growth; the clue being in its branding “Accelerating Growth”.  But are the two incompatible?

The ESES City Region Deal is an ambitious bid, particularly in terms of its focus on, amongst other things, infrastructure investment, including digital connectivity.

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Building Momentum

Richard Goodfellow

Converting national policy to local delivery is a challenge that must be met if the housing crisis is to be resolved any time soon. At the recent Homes for Scotland Annual Conference a wide range of informed speakers gave their view on the challenge.

Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of Homes for Scotland, set the scene, highlighting that in the last year the industry fell some way behind its target output.  Whilst there were undoubtedly unanticipated macro economic factors which dampened demand, there is much work to be done to raise output to the levels required.

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