The Scottish Government launched a consultation seeking views on proposals to implement mandatory training on planning for elected members, as part of a wider package of measures to improve the performance of the planning system as a whole.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy held a call for evidence seeking views on the current land rights and consents processes for electricity network infrastructure. The call for evidence sought to understand whether the current processes are fit for purpose or whether they act as a barrier to the build of electricity network infrastructure, and views on what improvements could be made.
We responded to the Scottish Government consultation on short term lets: Consultation on draft Licensing Order and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)
Whilst the bulk of provisions for Local Place Plans are to be found within the changes in the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 to the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, this left a number matters to secondary legislation. The Scottish Government consulted on matters which relate to the preparation, content, submission and registration of Local Place Plans.
The Scottish Government asked for views on the consultation paper as part of its wider work on the planning reform and implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. It provides draft guidance to planning authorities, developers, communities and other potential parties on the use of mediation in development planning and in pre-application consultation.
The Scottish Government asked for views on detailed proposals for the regulation of short-term lets, including a licensing scheme and planning control areas in Scotland. This will form the basis for secondary legislation to be laid in Parliament in December 2020.
- View the consultation on the Scottish Government's website
- Read the Law Society of Scotland's response (October 2020)
- View the Local Government and Communities Committee's call for evidence on the proposals
- Read the Law Society of Scotland's submission to the Committee (January 2020)
The Scottish Government issued a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the existing requirements for pre-application consultation with local communities on national and major developments.
The Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) sought views on the introduction of a new guidance note (Guidance Note 24) concerning Provision of material evidence and conduct of parties in proceedings before DPEA Reporters.
- Read the Law Society of Scotland's response (September 2020).
The Scottish Government has sought views on their proposed work programme and the related Sustainability Appraisal report for the whole package of potential changes to Permitted Development Rights.
The Scottish Government is required to assess, consult and monitor the likely impacts of their plans on the environment. As a result, they have issued a consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report and the Position Statement.
The Scottish Government has issued a consultation presenting details of proposed changes to the planning system in Scotland. The consultation also provides an opportunity for people to help shape the future of the planning system in Scotland.