We are now approaching the main legislative outcome of the review of the land-use planning reform announced by the First Minister on 1 September 2015.
Stage 2 of the 2017 Planning (Scotland) Bill was completed on 14 November 2018. The timing and scope of Stage 3 of that Bill are unclear. It may be that the Bill is not passed until spring 2019.
The update will focus on developments over the last year in land-use planning and related areas of law. In particular it will focus on the current provisions of the Bill including its provisions about a new development planning system; “masterplan consent areas” (delivering regulatory approvals including planning permission through the zoning of land); changes to the development management and planning enforcement regimes; any measures which aim to improve planning authorities’ performance and the establishment of an infrastructure levy payable to councils.
The update will also provide:
- a commentary about any recent Scottish Government planning policy, guidance and advice;
- a review of recent court decisions (from both north and south of the border);
- details about any noteworthy planning appeal decisions including those about “short stay commercial visitor accommodation” (including AirBnB properties) and planning obligations; and
- updates about related areas of law (including land law and compulsory purchase including the work of the Scottish Land Commission)
Those attending this seminar will gain a better understanding of the legislative outcomes of planning reforms arising from the land-use planning reform review announced in 2015 and the issues relating to those outcomes; Scottish Government planning policy, guidance and advice, recent court decisions and the Scottish Government planning appeal decisions.