Planning and Architecture

  • National Planning Framework 4 – Scottish Planning Policy Research.

    9th October 2019 by

    We have today published research by Ironside Farrar relating to the existing Scottish Planning Policy (SPP). The research looks into how effective the existing SPP policies are in influencing the preparation of local development plans and determining planning applications. The SPP will be incorporated into National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4). Work is underway on this...

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  • National Planning Framework 4 – The Essentials!

    8th October 2019 by

    What is the National Planning Framework (NPF)? The NPF is a long term spatial plan for Scotland that sets out where development and infrastructure is needed to support sustainable and inclusive growth. We have started work to prepare our fourth NPF (NPF4) which will look to Scotland in 2050. It will guide spatial development, set...

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  • 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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  • 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...

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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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  • Graduate Placement

    28th July 2016 by

    I started my six month post with Planning and Architecture Division (PAD) at the end of February having graduated with an MSc in City Planning and Regeneration at the University of Glasgow, which followed directly on from a BSc in Environmental Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the first week I spent some time talking...

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  • Scottish Ministers response to the report of the independent planning review

    11th July 2016 by

    Scottish Ministers today published their response to the report of the independent planning review panel. The response sets out a mixture of immediate actions and longer-term scoping to be undertaken by the Scottish Government, in collaboration with key stakeholders. The response also outlines a programme of collaborative work which aims to turn the panel’s aspirations...

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  • Upcoming Planning & Architecture News

    23rd March 2016 by

    From 24th March there are restrictions on communication until after May 5, Scottish Parliament Election http://ow.ly/Y4l9R  Here are some of our upcoming changes and projects during this pre-election period. We are seeking comments on our Draft Planning Delivery Advice: Housing and Infrastructure by March 31, 2016 to deliveryadvice@gov.scot. This draft advice has been issued in order to allow for further...

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  • Planning Decisions

    25th January 2016 by

    Ever wondered what happens when a planning application is notified to Scottish Ministers? Planning Decisions is a small team of civil servants and professional planners who process and assess cases notified to Ministers under Circular 3/2009: Notification of Planning Applications. This brings us into contact with lots of interesting and high profile cases, some big,...

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  • Supplementary Guidance on Wind Energy – good example guidance.

    11th January 2016 by

    The Scottish Government were recently issued with a Notice of Intention to Adopt Supplementary Guidance on Wind Energy for South Ayrshire. We were impressed with the content and format of the document and its compliance with national policy, guidance and advice. As such we believe this Supplementary Guidance  to be a good example of how...

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