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Smarten Up! Why Embracing Smart Cities Concepts Is Good For Your Business

Maggie Bochel

Why Smart Cities?

Smart Cities are a reaction to the increasing concentration of the world’s population in urban areas resulting in a collision with eco-systems.  Although accounting for just over 50% of the world’s population, urban areas account for more than 75% of the consumption of non-renewable resources and three quarters of global pollution.

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Burness admin

Update: SESplan Proposed Strategic Development Plan Publication

Craig Whelton

The Strategic Development Planning Authority for Edinburgh and South East Scotland, has published its proposed Strategic Development Plan for public consultation, SESplan 2.

The proposed Plan deals with a range of strategic planning issues including housing, transport and green infrastructure and sets out a strategy for the City Region over a twenty year period from 2018 to 2038.  The proposed Plan can be viewed here.

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Burness admin

Planning - Game On

The Scottish Government has today published its response to Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places, the report by the independent Panel of its game changing review of the Scottish planning system.   The intention of the review was to ensure that planning played a more positive and effective role in creating high quality places by streamlining and improving the system whilst involving local communities in decision making.  The Government’s response indicates that it agrees with the Panel that change is required to make that happen. 

Whilst

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Burness admin

Potential Impacts of Brexit on Planning & Environmental Law and Practice

Craig Whelton, Planning

As the EU Referendum fast approaches, the Brexit debate is gathering pace.

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A Waiting Game - Planning Review Seminars

Craig Whelton

Hot on the heels of the publication of the recommendations from the independent panel appointed to review the Scottish planning system, Burness Paull hosted seminars in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.  We were delighted so many of our clients and contacts in the development industry were able to join us to debate the Panel’s recommendations, and what these may mean for our planning system. 

Delegates heard first from John Hamilton, former Chair of the Scottish Property Federation, and one of the three members of the independent Panel.  John gave

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LChalmers

Breaking News: STF Appeal Decision

Elaine Farquharson-Black

Two of our clients are celebrating today after successfully challenging Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority’s Strategic Transport Fund (STF) planning guidance in the Court of Session. 

The STF guidance required developers to pay contributions on a “roof tax” basis into a central pot to be used towards strategic transport measures across a wide area. 

Elsick Development Company (EDC) and Goodgrun Ltd argued that the guidance was unlawful as it ignored Scottish Government policy on planning obligations as set out in Circular 3/2012.&nbs

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LChalmers

New Homes for Scotland Boss Sets Out Plan of Action for Tackling Housing Crisis

Scott Peterkin

Nicola Barclay took over from Philip Hogg earlier this week as chief executive of Homes for Scotland, the home building industry body. In doing so she has also set out her plan of action for tackling the country’s housing crisis. 

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Shedding Light On Planning Permission

I have always thought of sheds as simply a place to keep old tools and lawnmowers - basic wood or plastic boxes, rarely entered and smelling of grass and mud.  But it seems that my view is rapidly becoming antiquated as we enter a new golden age – that of “The Luxury Shed”.

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LChalmers

Aberdeen City Region Deal – Critical For Future Prosperity

Of all the City Deals emerging in Scotland, the Aberdeen City Region Deal is probably the one which carries the greatest potential for re-setting the economic future of its area.

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LChalmers

Planning - Game On?

Dr. Margaret Bochel

Nearly 10 years on from the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006, the Scottish Government has announced a “game changing” review of planning in Scotland. The intention is to ensure that planning plays a more positive and effective role in creating high quality places by streamlining and improving the system whilst involving local communities in decision making.  

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LChalmers