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Work Packages

The Work Programme is being taken forward through several work packages.  You can follow progress on this page, including access to relevant resources and working group papers.

Work package includes:

  • Local place plans
  • Effective community engagement
  • Mediation guidance
  • Pre-application consultation

Community Engagement Working Group

December 2019 meeting: Slides and Discussion Summary

October 2020 meeting: Discussion Summary

Update: Local Place Plans

Regulations will refine the requirements for content and processes for community bodies preparing their own local place plans, and for how those plans are handled through the planning system. Recent discussions with the Community Engagement Working Group and some research into a ‘How to Guide’ are supporting this work. We will consult on proposals for local place plan regulations in early 2021.

Mediation in Planning

Section 40 of the new Planning Act requires the Scottish Ministers to issue guidance, by July 2021, on the promotion and use of mediation in planning. We expect to publish a consultation paper shortly. 

Pre-application Consultation

Our public consultation seeking views on some detailed changes to the arrangements for pre-application consultation with communities about major developments has now closed. We are currently considering the responses and expect to introduce the legislation before the end of the year.

Work package includes:

  • Purpose of planning
  • National Planning Framework / Scottish Planning Policy (provisions in the Act)
  • Local Development Plans

This Development Planning and Housing Policy work programme set out some key actions. This timetable has been reviewed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and this is reflected in the information below.

Development Planning Working Group

December 2019: The Development Planning Working Group met for the first time and agreed that the Group would like to produce outputs that will support the drafting of the regulations and guidance for the new Development Plans system. Slides and Discussion Summary from this meeting.

September 2020: To enable the Development Planning Working Group to produce outputs that will support the preparation of regulations and guidance, membership has split into three subgroups. Each subgroup is producing information and ideas to support:

  • The Evidence Report and Gatecheck stages of preparing a new style Local Development Plan
  • Procedures associated with preparing a new style Local Development Plan
  • Scope and Content of new style Local Development Plans

The subgroups met for the first time in late September/ early October 2020, and agreed that they would submit finalised outputs to the Scottish Government in February 2021.  An updated overview and timescales provides the remit for the sub-groups, this timescale can be found in the introductory presentations from each of the subgroup meetings, in the library linked below.

 

We have created a library of information to support the Working Group, including presentations, papers and notes from meetings, and links to any relevant background information.

Work package includes:

  • Pre-application consultation
  • Duration of planning permission
  • Declining to determine similar applications
  • Schemes of delegation, appeals and local reviews

Development Management Working Group

December 2019 meeting: Discussion Summary

Several of the Act’s provisions relating to development management have already been brought into force – see the Legislation page for details.

Pre-application Consultation

Our public consultation seeking views on some detailed changes to the arrangements for pre-application consultation with communities about major developments has now closed. We are currently considering the responses and expect to introduce the legislation before the end of the year.

Work package includes:

  • Role of Chief Planning Officers
  • Planning fees
  • Performance reporting
  • National Planning Improvement Coordinator
  • Elected member training

Leadership, Skills and Resourcing Working Group

December 2019 meeting: Slides and Discussion Summary

Performance and resources

Our consultation paper Planning Performance and Fees (December 2019) proposed a new approach to measuring and improving performance and a new structure for planning fees. We will publish an analysis of responses soon. In revisiting our work programme while responding to the COVID-19 emergency, we have paused this work for now and will pick up again when the timing is more appropriate.

We are supporting Royal Town Planning Institute research on Measuring Planning Outcomes.

Skills

The Scottish Government is a member of Partners in Planning – an online platform to support Scotland’s planners in delivering successful places.  See the Partners in Planning website as a single access point to the knowledge and skills that enables behavioural change in the planning system

New Consultation: Reviewing and Extending Permitted Development Rights

We have published a consultation paper on our Phase 1 proposals for reviewing and extending permitted development rights in relation to priority development types:

  • digital telecommunications infrastructure
  • agricultural development
  • peatland restoration
  • development related to active travel

These changes are being prioritised to help support Scotland’s green recovery and deliver key priorities, including tackling climate change and supporting remote and rural communities.  You are invited to respond to the consultation by 12 November 2020.

 

This overview of the consultation explains what Permitted Development Rights are and the changes we are now proposing to make. We appreciate there is a lot of detail in the consultation, so hope this will help clarify our proposals.

 

FAQs: We invited questions on points of clarification on the consultation during October. We received one question and you can see that and our response on this Question & Answer page. We can add to this before the consultation closes, so you are still welcome to send any questions to Planning.PDRphase1consultation2020@gov.scot

 

Permitted Development Review

This is a substantial review of permitted development rights that are granted by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 (as amended). A Sustainability Appraisal has previously been conducted into options for 16 development types and we followed that with a public consultation last winter on a detailed delivery programme. Our current consultation includes our proposals for the first phase of implementing changes.

Sustainability Appraisal Report: Programme for extending permitted development rights in Scotland: Non-Technical Summary (159.3KB) / Full Report (5.3MB)

Previous Consultation: Proposed programme for reviewing and extending permitted development rights (PDR) in Scotland and Consultation Analysis Report

Planning obligations are legal agreements, often referred to as ‘Section 75 agreements’, entered into to mitigate the impacts of proposed developments in order to make them acceptable in planning terms. In certain circumstances, planning obligations can be used to secure financial contributions to – or in-kind provision of – infrastructure and affordable housing.

Following a report by the Scottish Land Commission (May 2019), we are taking stock of the effectiveness of planning obligations. The findings of the review will inform future policy development on infrastructure planning and delivery in Scotland.

As a first step, we have commissioned research on the value, incidence and impact of developer contributions in Scotland. This research, which commenced in July 2020, is being carried out by the London School of Economics, University of Sheffield, Stefano Smith Planning and Rettie & Co.

The research team has sent a survey to all planning authorities to obtain important quantitative data on the value of developer contributions in Scotland. This letter to planning authorities from the Chief Planner further explains the purpose and importance of this survey work.

You can read more about this review and the current research on this Planning Obligations Review Factsheet.

We will provide updates here as the review progresses.

Last Updated: 24 Nov 2020

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