MacKay Hannah

Understanding Scotland's New Planning Act: What do you need to know about the new planning system?


845-0930 Registration and Refreshments
Session One: Strategic Aims and Local Delivery
0930-0940 Chair's Welcome and Address
Donald Anderson, Director, Playfair Scotland
0940-1000 Keynote Speaker
Sarah Baillie, Partner - Planning, Addleshaw Goddard
1000- 1020 Key Challenges in Bringing the New Approach to Planning to Life
Stefano Smith, Independent Planning Consultant
  • The strengthened role of the development plan in area development visions
  • Local development plan process changes - achieving better delivery of development
  • Understanding the enhanced status of the National Planning Framework
  • Next steps in achieving a faster, more inclusive planning system
1020-1040 Community Engagement: Making a front loaded planning system work effectively
Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS
PAStweets  Biberbach
  • What do communities want and how will the Act deliver fair planning consideration?
  • What is needed to make the frontloaded system produce accepted outcomes?
  • Beyond the Act - public engagement with planning 
1040-1100 Question and Answer Session
1100-1120 Refreshment Break
Session Two: Transforming Planning Process and Performance
1120-1140 Making Placemaking Real in Practice
Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture and Design Scotland
ArcDesSco UrbScotland
  • The role of the new Planning Act in supporting placemaking
  • Translating powers and provisions into practice - getting a culture of placemaking
  • Why placemaking matters - broader benefits of getting pacemaking right
1140-1200 Creating a Culture of Planning Performance: Lessons from Northern Ireland
Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • A strong scheme of delegation 
  • A tailored programme of training for officers and elected members 
  • Making regional economic priorities a reality through planning
  • Leading from the top - creating a culture of exceeding expectations
1200-1220 Delivering a Better Planning Process
June Gilles, Partner, CMS
  • What is changing in the development management process?
  • How can early community engagement and more local decision making produce delivery of good quality development?
  • Pre-application consultation times and quality
  • Changes to Schemes of Delegation, duration of planning permission and completion notices
1220-1240 Question and Answer Session
1240-1320 Lunch
Session Three: Bringing It All Together
1320-1325 Chair's Welcome Back
1325-1345 Improving Resources and Performance in Planning
Robbie Calvert, Acting Policy and Practice Officer, Royal Town Planning Institute - RTPI


  • Achieving a high-performing planning system capable of delivering an enabling agenda
  • New approaches to fees, fines, liabilities and enforcement
  • Delivering performance improvement across planning services
  • The role of training for planning authority members
1345-1405 Proactively Supporting Investment, Inclusive Growth?
Ross Martin, Adviser on Regional Economies, Scottish Government
  • The vision for planning services and the planning system as an enabler
  • Integrating planning more broadly into local and national strategies for growth and investment
  • A Cinderella service transformed?
1405-1425 Infrastructure Levy, Fees and Future Review Developments: What's still to come?
  • How might an Infrastructure Levy work, where and in what circumstances?
  • Relationship between land value uplift, infrastructure provision and future development
  • Relating costs and fees to a more coherent, focussed system
  • Understanding the progress of the Review of Planning to date and what is coming next
1425-1445 Question and Answer Session
1445 Chair's Closing Remarks

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The conference had a wide range of speakers covering different aspects of likely new planning legislative procedures. I took something from all the speakers. It was a very interesting conference - both beneficial and informative. All speakers spoke well and contributed to a whole range of matters from different perspectives with their specific fields of expertise. My main interests were presented and debated well.

Charles Johnston, Scottish Borders Council,
Delegate at Planning in Scotland Conference 2017

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