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Implementing Scotland's New Planning Act: Where are we now and what happens next?

Tue 24th Mar 2020

Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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This conference examines how and when the Scottish Government plans to roll out implementation of the new Planning Act, what needs to happen for the Act to meet its original objectives for planning in Scotland and which issues remain to be defined in order to give full effect to the content of the Act.

The intention of the new Planning Act for Scotland was to..."change planning's operation and its reputation from that of a regulator to a positive and active enabler of good quality development...".

Now that the Act is law the Scottish Government has also stated that "We expect to implement most of the Act by early 2021" and that "We want to take forward these reforms in a collaborative way and it is vital that people are able and have the capacity to participate in the reshaping of their planning system."

This conference is timed to enable engagement with two key parts of of the next stage in the Scottish Government Planning and Architecture Division's published 'Transforming Planning in Practice - Post-Bill Work Programme'.

The first is the engagement exercise on NPF4 prior to publication of a draft for public consultation in the later half of 2020. The second is in two parts - how the range of measures such as fees and Chief Planner Officer roles will shape the quality of performance by planning authorities and then how coherence will be given to delivering effective national, regional and local plans together with meaningful community involvement.

The conference will interpret the content of the new planning laws and explain how they will change the planning process and system. It will outline the implications of those changes for planners, developers, communities and the wider economy and also assess what is not specified in the Act and is yet to be brought forward in consequence of the legislation.

The conference will assess the impact of the new Planning Act, the consequences of the Act for all parties to the planning process, and the broader expectations of planning in playing a key role in addressing climate change and reducing emissions as set out in the Scottish Government's 2019-20 Programme for Government.

Benefits of Attending

  • Find out where we are now with the strategic picture and implementation
  • Discuss the Act, NPF4 and getting the new system up and running
  • Examine the importance of delivering on plan led strategies - getting to spatial rather than appeal based decisions
  • Reflect on how planning, decision making and delivery should work at full implementation
  • Assess the challenge of shaping coherent planning services - addressing internal and external drivers
  • Explore what an effective system of fees and performance should be
  • Learn about the role of the Chief Planning Officer under the Act
  • Focus on external determinants of planning quality - plans, plan absence, implementation timing and resources
  • Examine getting national to local coherence - national strategic, localised and local development planning
  • Find out what's not set out in the Act but will impact upon how the new system works - the issues still to be clarified within and beyond the Act
  • Look at how community involvement and local place plans will really work
  • Explore delivery on housing - an acid test for the new Act
  • An opportunity to learn from the experts and network with peers, getting to know and meet new people working in planning

Who Should Attend

This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the planning process as applicants, regulators, community interest groups, promoters of economic development & growth, and participants in the strategic planning, development & placemaking processes.

This includes planners, planning committee members, developers, housebuilders, community representatives, lawyers with planning specialisms, architects & designers, planning advisors, planning academics and - more generally - all public sector bodies with planning interests and responsibilities, private companies with engagement in the planning system, strategic bodies with an interest in spatial planning (such as transport bodies and companies), third & community sector organisations, and agencies and departments supporting economic development and inclusive growth.

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Jamie Macvie, Orkney Islands Council,
Planning in Scotland Conference, October 2017

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