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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

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. In advance of a Scottish Government consultation, Scottish Mediation and PAS have published this Mediation in Planning Survey to help inform the guidance.  Completion of the survey is welcomed by 21 August 2020.

Pre-application Consultation

Our public consultation Proposed Changes to Pre-Application Consultation Requirements in Planning seeks views on some detailed changes to the arrangements for pre-application consultation with communities about major developments. Responses are now welcome and should be submitted by 6 November 2020.

Work package includes:

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

Development Planning Working Group

December 2019 meeting: Slides and Discussion Summary

 

This Development Planning and Housing Policy work programme was published in March 2020, setting out some key actions to follow. The timetable is now being reviewed alongside the wider Transforming Planning in Practice programme as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and we will publish a revised timetable as soon as we can.

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 Proposed Changes to Pre-Application Consultation Requirements in Planning seeks views on some detailed changes to the arrangements for pre-application consultation with communities about major developments. Responses are now welcome and should be submitted by 6 November 2020.

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

We are carrying out 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 been conducted into options for 16 development types and we followed that with a public consultation last winter on a detailed delivery programme.

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

Public Consultation: Proposed programme for reviewing and extending permitted development rights (PDR) in Scotland (Closed 28 January 2020)

We have been carefully considering responses to that consultation and also further exploring options and priorities in light of the COVID-19 emergency. We intend to publish a work programme alongside an analysis of consultation responses soon.

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.

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: 13 Aug 2020

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