Planning (Scotland) Bill

Construction sector to suffer from under-resourced planning, warns RTPI Scotland

Large scale infrastructure projects and construction-led economic growth in Scotland are at risk if under-resourcing of the planning system continues, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland has told MSPs.

Published 21 February 2019

New planning bill duties could see Scottish system grind to a halt, planners warn

The latest draft of the Planning (Scotland) Bill will place up to 88 new duties and responsibilities on planners without the resources required to undertake them, according to figures published today from the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland (RTPI Scotland).

Published 5 December 2018

Blog: How we are influencing the Scottish Planning Bill

Craig McLaren outlines how RTPI Scotland is influencing the Planning (Scotland) Bill.

Published 5 December 2018

RTPI welcomes move to introduce statutory chief planning officers

A decision by the Scottish Parliament's local government and communities committee to introduce statutory chief planning officers in councils has been welcomed by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Published 15 November 2018

MSP welcomes successful Planning Bill amendments

New amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill regarding performance, councillors and training have been successfully passed by the local government and communities committee.

Published 15 November 2018

Holyrood committee votes against planning appeal amendments

Proposals to introduce new rights for communities to appeal planning decisions have failed to pass a key stage of the parliamentary legislative process.

Published 8 November 2018

Blog: Collaboration over conflict – the only way for a modern Scottish planning system

Housing minister Kevin Stewart blogs about rights of appeal in planning, ahead of Stage 2 of the Planning Bill today.

Published 31 October 2018

Land Value Capture measures added to Planning (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Greens have welcomed changes to the Scottish Government’s planning bill which they say will help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis by making land for housebuilding more affordable, however housebuilders have called the measures “premature”.

Published 25 October 2018

Blog: Stage 2 scrutiny of the Planning Bill continues

Planning minister Kevin Stewart blogs about the Planning (Scotland) Bill and what’s next for Stage 2 consideration.

Published 23 October 2018

Industry professionals deliver ‘damning verdict’ on progress of Planning (Scotland) Bill

Professionals across the Scottish property, architecture and planning sectors are highly sceptical of any future impact of the Planning (Scotland) Bill - according to a survey conducted by planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore.

Published 12 September 2018

Planners and developers urged to complete Planning Bill survey

Planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore is are urging planners and developers to have their say and complete a survey to help influence the Planning (Scotland) Bill.

Published 29 August 2018

Greens publish Planning Bill amendments to limit growth of holiday homes

A Scottish Green Party MSP is proposing changes to the law to help local councils tackle Scotland's housing crisis by controlling the growth in private homes being used as holiday accommodation.

Published 24 July 2018

Blog: Compromise is the key for an effective Planning (Scotland) Bill

Matthew Stimson, a senior associate in the planning team at Shoosmiths, considers the ramifications of the Stage 1 Report on the Planning (Scotland) Bill.

Published 1 June 2018

Bid to introduce new public right to appeal planning decisions

Scottish Labour is to put forward plans to introduce new rights for communities over planning decisions, in a bid to “level the playing field” between developers and the public.

Published 24 May 2018

Give communities a stronger role in planning local areas, say MSPs

A committee of MSPs has called for communities to be given a stronger voice in planning what their neighbourhoods look like as part of a number of recommendations aimed at addressing “frustrations” with the current system.

Published 17 May 2018