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
0940-1000 Keynote Speaker
1000-1010 Question and Answer Session
1010- 1030 Key Challenges in Bringing the New Approach to Planning to Life
Stefano Smith, Planning Director, WYG
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  • 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
1030-1050 Community Engagement: Making a front loaded planning system work effectively
Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS
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  • 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 
1050-1110 Question and Answer Session
1110-1130 Refreshment Break
Session Two: Transforming Planning Process and Performance
1130-1150 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
1150-1210 Delivering a Better Planning Process
  • 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
1210-1230 Improving Resources and Performance in Planning
  • 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
1230-1250 Simplified Development Zones: Attracting investment and shaping places
  • The differences between old simplified planning zones and new simplified development zones
  • How will development zones work?
  • The impact upon housing, business development and town centre renewal
  • Relating development zone planning to placemaking
1250-1310 Question and Answer Session
1310-1400 Lunch
Session Three: Bringing It All Together
1405-1410 Chair's Welcome Back
1410-1430 Making Placemaking Real in Practice
  • 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
1430-1450 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?
1450-1510 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
1510-1530 Question and Answer Session
1530 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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