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Planning Delivery Advice – Housing and Infrastructure

1st December 2015

Feedback on Stakeholder Workshops In June 2015 Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights, announced that new advice to improve planning for infrastructure and housing would be published towards the end of the year. The purpose of the advice is to support the more effective delivery of housing and…

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National Development Management Forum

25th November 2015

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…

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Scotland’s Towns Week…Celebrating Scotland’s towns

18th November 2015

  This week marks Scotland towns week #STW15 – a celebration of Scottish towns centres and the people who work hard to protect them. And this month marks the second anniversary of the Town Centre Action Plan, the plan the Scottish Government published following the year long national review of town centres that concluded in…

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Scottish Coal Task Force

17th November 2015

Surface coal mining is a significant and extensive land use across Scottish coalfields which extend from Fife in the east across the Lothians, North and South Lanarkshire to East Ayrshire in the south west. In 2013 when Scottish Coal and ATH folded, it soon became clear that there was insufficient bond money to restore many…

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SAQP Awards 2015 … and the winner is

11th November 2015

Following welcoming remarks from John McNairney, Scottish Governments Chief Planner, Susie Stirling presented the certificates for the Government’s Designing Places Student Competition. The main part of the evening was the presentation of the record number of Awards and Commendations for 2015.  Projects ranging from development on the ground through to good practice in planning enforcement were highlighted. …

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Heat: Our biggest element of energy use

5th November 2015

Heat is at the core of Scotland’s energy system. It is the biggest element of our energy use (over 55%), and the largest source of our emissions (47%). The Scottish Government is committed to largely decarbonising our energy system by 2050, at an affordable price to consumers through maintaining and developing secure supplies of energy….

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Drawing Places

29th October 2015

Pens were at the ready on 14th October for this year’s Drawing Places skills symposium. This was organised in advance of the Architecture and Design Scotland’s Place Challenge (Arbroath) which is being held this week to identify the issues challenging the role of town centres as sustainable places. The event was held at the Lighthouse,…

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Independent Review of Planning – meet the Secretariat

28th October 2015

The independent panel appointed to undertake the review of Scottish planning met for the first time on 13 October 2015. Planning and Architecture Division are providing support to the panel throughout the process, and there was much for the Secretariat to prepare in advance of the panel meeting. The Secretariat comprises myself and Suzanne Stephen,…

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Welcome to our new Planning and Architecture blog

8th October 2015

Feedback from our stakeholders told us that we needed more informal methods to communicate with them. We have responded to that by committing to a package of service improvements targeted at increasing our digital presence and improving communication. The creation of this blog is part of that wider package and colleagues will use it to regularly…

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