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National Development Management Forum

November 25, 2015 by No Comments | Category National Development Management Forum

Building networks, engaging with others, and sharing good practice were key themes at this year’s National Development Management Forum, which took place yesterday 24th November, 2015  at Scottish Government’s office Victoria Quay, Edinburgh.

The event brought together 100 delegates from planning authorities, the private sector, the Agencies and central Government, to discuss and share ideas through a mix of plenary sessions and practical ‘hands-on’ workshops across a range of topical development management themes.

This is the first time the Scottish Government has run the Development  Management Forum in this format, it also marks the re-establishment of the forum after a break of several years. The new format allowed delegates to select from a number of topical workshops to attend on the day, providing the opportunity for planning officers to come together alongside their counterparts from the development industry, planning consultants, key agencies and others involved, or with an interest in, the development management process.


The aim of the day was to share experience, learn from differing perspectives, and in some cases to help inform the development of policy and practice.

Individual workshops provided the opportunity to hear first-hand from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) about changes to listed buildings procedures and the role of HES; to contribute to the development of practice aimed at streamlining EIA Scoping for Coal; and, to inform the early development of Scottish Government proposals for transposing changes to Europe’s EIA Directive.

Workshops were also held on ‘Planning for Housing Delivery’, and ‘The Place Standard’.

Reflecting on the day itself, Nicola Barclay, Director of Planning at Homes for Scotland and a guest facilitator at the forum commented: “The value of the Forum is in bringing together the different parties in a collaborative environment to share experience and build relationships to support the delivery of high quality development on the ground.”

For more information and outputs from the Forum, including workshop presentations and the presentations below.

Development Management Forum Presentations 24th November 2015 Link
HSE Land Use Planning- Transformation Workshop
EIA Directive Workshop
Streamlining Assessments Consultations Scottish Water
Planning for housing delivery Workshop
Coal, Smarter EIA Scoping Workshop
Duration of Planning Permission in Principle – Model Conditions
Gypsy Traveller sites – planning considerations in improving provision
Section 75 Agreements Improving Performance
Streamlining handling planning applications case study : Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority
Historic Environment Scotland – Shaping our Future
Follow @ScotGovPlanning on Twitter #SGDMforum2015 for highlights of the day
Cara Davidson

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