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Planning

Planning

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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What’s The Plan?

“I love it when a plan comes together” – Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, the A Team.

Like Hannibal Smith, the Scottish planning system also loves it when a plan comes together - it is a central tenant of our Planning system in this country that it operates what is referred to as a “plan led” system.  This principle, enshrined in statute, requires that all planning applications should be determined in accordance with the development plan unless there are other material reasons to come to a different decision.

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“Sunny” Scotland – The Growth Of Solar Development

Craig Whelton

Scotland has long been at the forefront of renewable energy thanks to its abundance of wind, rain, fast flowing tides and crashing waves.  Until now there has been relatively little commercial scale solar development – perhaps not a great surprise given that sunshine is not our most abundant resource.

Although over 40% of electricity used in Scotland currently comes from renewables, solar production accounts for less than 2% of this.

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Town Centre Action Plan – Just Desserts?

Have you walked down your local high street recently?  Noticed any changes?  Probably not.

It is a year since the Scottish Government published the Town Centre Action Plan, which aimed to breathe new life into town centres across the country.  Although widely welcomed, there were concerns that the Plan lacked the drive and funding to bring about real change. 

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Burness Paull Planning Team Saves Developer More Than £80k

Emma Dewar

One of our clients is celebrating after we were able to secure the removal from a planning approval for a new development of an obligation that would have cost them more than £80,000.

We challenged the decision by a local authority to impose public realm improvements when granting permission for the development.

The Reporter who heard the case assessed the planning obligation against the five well-established legal tests that must be met in order to be valid – and upheld.

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The Future Of Help To Buy In Scotland

The recent announcement that the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy Scheme has allocated its £140M budget only three months into the current funding year was a surprise. However, it does prove beyond any doubt that the scheme is very popular and that there is high level of demand for new homes. Already, more than 2,000 homes have been bought through Help to Buy in Scotland, with the same number likely to be completed this funding year.

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NPF3 and SPP - Scottish Government Publishes Key Planning Documents

The Scottish Government has today published the National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) and the updated Scottish Planning Policy (SPP).

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Land Reform – The Final Countdown

Richard Rennie

This Autumn is an important time for the future direction of Scotland – with a hugely important vote on 18 September to decide which turn the country takes at the constitutional crossroads.  But there is another important day later in the Autumn – 28 November.

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Independence: What Would It Mean For Renewables?

Craig Whelton

It is now less than one week until All Energy in Aberdeen and with key note addresses from both Scottish and UK Ministers, the independence debate will no doubt dominate discussion.

For those involved in the consenting of renewables projects, the differences between the planning systems in Scotland and the rest of the UK are already well pronounced and look to be increasing.

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Look Who's Coming To Dinner - Step Up To The Plate

Aberdeen city centre has come under increasing pressure as the economy has boomed - and has failed to keep pace.

That was the honest appraisal from Maggie Bochel, Aberdeen City Council Head of Planning and Sustainable Development at Burness Paull’s event on city regeneration – but she insisted the council was doing everything possible to be more “bold, ambitious and aggressive” to make improvements.

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