MacKay Hannah

Scotland's New Planning Act: The Act, Its Consequences and Next Steps Explained


0830-0930 Registration and Refreshments
0930-0935 Chair's Opening Remarks
Session One: Understanding The New Act
0935-0955 Keynote Address
0955-1010 Question and Answer Session
1010-1030 The Challenge for Planners
  • How will the Act reshape the role of planners?
  • What are the additonal burdens placed upon planning authorities and planners?
  • Does the Act enable planners to become 'poisitive and actvie enablers of good quality development'?
1030-1050 Everything You Want To Know About The Act And Development But Are Too Afraid To Ask
Stefano Smith FRTPI, Director, Stefano Smith Planning
  • Will developers have an Act which sees the planning system "proactively supporting investment and quality placemaking"?
  • What do developers need to understand about how the new Act helps or hinders them?
  • Understanding what is not in the Act and what happens next
1050-1110 Question and Answer Session
1110-1130 Refreshment Break
Session Two: NPF4 and Strategic Planning - Delivering Major Projects
1130-1150 NPF4: How will it work and who decides?
  • The NPF4 process and participants
  • NPF4 and major strategic projects in Scotland
  • Influencing the outcome of NPF4
1150-1210 Achieving Delivery: Joining up NPF4 and local planning
  • How do we ensure an effective relationship between strategic national planning and local planning?
  • Is it possible to have an approach which is both top down and bottom up?
  • Dynamic relationships across strategic initiatives: National infrastructure, City Regions, City Deals, inclusive sustainable growth, major transport developments and more...
1210-1230 Which Major Projects Should Be In NPF4?
  • Moving on from NPF3 - what logically follows next?
  • The Scottish Government's ambition for capital investment in projects which drive growth 
  • Reflecting on transformative projects and targets as candidates for inclusion
1230-1250 Question and Answer Session
1250-1350 Lunch 
1350-1355 Chair's Welcome Back
Session Three: After and Beyond The Act
1355-1415 Infrastructure Levies
  • How we got here
  • What the industry and the planning system want to achieve
  • What does a viable system look like?
1415-1435 Recognising Act Implications For Local Authority Delivery
  • Challenges on skills and staffing
  • Managing volume and delivery
  • Understanding the many new burdens in the Act
1435-1455 Third Party Right of Appeal
  • If it is in the Act, how would it work?
  • If it is not in the Act, what is the alternative?
  • Finding ways to improve community involvement in scrutiny and redress
1455-1515 Delivering On Placemaking
  • Developing holistic planning and development approaches 
  • Establishing placemaking principles in all placemaking
  • Case study on successful placemaking
1515-1535 Question and Answer Session
1535-1540  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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