Planning & Architecture

  • Planning for a better future

    7th February 2017 by

    Planning affects everyone’s lives, from making sure we have the right types of homes to improving our places and driving forward regeneration. When we launched the planning consultation on 10th January, the Scottish Government set out 20 proposals for revamping the system, which will support economic growth, delivery of houses and increase community involvement in planning...

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  • Greener Gardens

    19th December 2016 by

    Throughout the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Scottish Government Planning & Architecture officials have been working in partnership with Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Abertay University and C+D Associates on an innovative ’Greener Gardens’ project. Together they’ve been looking at how the gardens of new homes can be used to...

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  • Introductory Events

    6th December 2016 by

    Through-out the year Planning and Architecture Division hold a series of Introductory Events. The events are for anyone involved in the planning process, whether that be local authorities, agencies, academics, voluntary sector and private sector.  We cover a variety of topics during the events, with the agenda and speakers changing each time. Contributions from our...

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  • Designing Places Student Competition

    9th November 2016 by

    At the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP) ceremony, 8 November, the winning students of this year’s Designing Places competition received their certificates. This year’s competition took place on Saturday 12 March 2016, at the Lighthouse, in Glasgow. The day was led by Susie Stirling (Scottish Government), supported by Ian Alexander (JM Architects), Rowena...

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  • Self and Custom Build event 2016

    13th October 2016 by

    The first Self and Custom Build event hosted by More Homes and Planning & Architecture Divisions was held on Thursday 15th September. The event, chaired by Malcolm Fraser, brought together guest speakers, developers, planners, land interests and the finance sector, to share ideas and experience on how we can face the challenges, and find solutions...

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  • Planning Review Working Group Workshops

    12th September 2016 by

    Today sees the first day of the Planning Review Working Group Workshops. The Workshops are being held over two days bringing together groups covering different sectors, groups and interests. Following the 2 day workshops we will publish a summary of the outcomes from each of the themed groups. We have also this morning published a...

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  • Publication of the first Programme for Government

    7th September 2016 by

    Yesterday marked the publication of the first Programme for Government (PfG) of the new parliament. This sets out the legislative programme and how we will deliver our wider ambitions including driving inclusive economic growth and empowering communities. The PfG emphasises the critical role of the planning system in supporting continued growth and investment, and creating...

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  • eBuildingStandards service launches

    1st September 2016 by

    New service to save time and money. Today we have our official Ministerial launch of our new eBuildingStandards system that streamlines applications through one web portal. We are now one week on from the official system launch, and already it is proving very successful. Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart, said: “The new...

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  • Stakeholder feedback – beta.gov.scot

    29th August 2016 by

    We have undergone changes to the way our information is displayed on our new webpages. We would really like to hear what you think about our content and structure on the new site and get your ideas on any improvements we could make. Your feedback is important to us and will help us to improve and...

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  • Launch of Design Charrettes 2016/17 and Activating Ideas Fund

    11th August 2016 by

    last week the Scottish Government launched the 2016/2017 Design Charrettes programme.  This was accompanied by the launch of a new Activating Ideas fund.  These two funds, amounting to £300,000 in total are to support the delivery of places that enable a high quality of life, and allow communities to flourish. Since 2011, the Scottish Government charrette...

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