It's important that developers behind housing applications understand that a design review is there not necessarily to cut numbers but to get to grips with place-making & quality, writes RTPI Scotland executive committee member Graham Marchbank. I am one of four planners representing RTPI Scotla
Craig McLaren summarises the recent UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) roundtable which looked at the changes to the Planning (Scotland) Bill and explored how new approaches to planning can help us to build more, well-designed homes.
The significant increase in planning costs associated with the amendments made at the latest Parliamentary stage of the Planning (Scotland) Bill threaten the very aims of the new legislation, according to planning minister Kevin Stewart. Mr Stewart was speaking as the Financial Memorandum for the Bi
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. Craig McLaren, RTPI Scotland director, told a parliamentary committee this week that
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). The analysis shows that recent amen
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). The provision was agreed yesterday during the committee's scrutiny of the Planning (Scotland) B
Proposals to introduce new rights for communities to appeal planning decisions have failed to pass a key stage of the parliamentary legislative process. MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee voted against a series of amendments to the Scottish Government’s
Holyrood's local government and communities committee will continue to examine the Planning (Scotland) Bill today as it hears evidence from organisations from the country’s builders and planners. Tammy Swift-Adams, director of planning, Homes for Scotland, Jenny Hogan, deputy chief executive, Scot
A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about how land is developed and used has been introduced by cabinet secretary for communities, social security and equalities, Angela Constance MSP. The eagerly awaited Planning (Scotland) Bill follows a wide-ranging consultation earlier
An alliance of ten organisations from the planning and placemaking sector in Scotland has launched a new campaign to help influence new planning guidelines ahead of the upcoming Planning Bill. The Scottish Alliance for People and Places, which includes COSLA and the Scottish Federation of Housing As
RTPI Scotland convenor Stefano Smith The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to look beyond "merely procedural" change to the planning system, and to provide more detail on how proposals are to be taken forward.
Keenly-awaited proposals for transforming the planning system have been positively received by the country’s home builders. Yesterday the Scottish Government set out 20 proposals for revamping the system, which it said will support economic growth, delivery of houses and increase community involve