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Planning for Business and Industry

RICS Meeting Rooms, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh

Wednesday 26th April 2017








Registration and light lunch


Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Nicola Woodward, Planning Director, Lichfields


Aligning Economic Development, Property and Planning

Ronnie Hair, Property Investment & Development Manager, Fife Council

Fife's employment land strategy and its relationship with the LDP, determining availability, dealing with obsolescence, relationship between economic development/property and planning - development and development management. Economic benefits and material considerations


Employment Land Reviews and Business Land Audits - the advantages and lessons in good practice 

Ross Lillico, Associate Director, Lichfields

Employment Land Reviews have been used to great advantage, ensuring that Local Authorities identify and allocate the right kind of land in the right locations in order to achieve their economic ambitions. A more considered exercise looking at an area’s economic growth potential and what is needed to unlock this should be much more than a quantitative exercise. Drawing on relevant examples of good practice, we will share our experience of the benefits of this approach, which ensures a deeper understanding of what an area needs to grow and how that might be achieved

2.15   Discussion
2.35   Tea/Coffee



Hillington Park Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ)

Kevin Dalrymple, Development Plans & Housing Strategy Team Leader, Renfrewshire Council

Renfrewshire Council’s experience of preparing a Simplified Planning Zone for Hillington, including the process of preparing a SPZ, lessons learned and the benefits that the SPZ Scheme has delivered in attracting new investment at the Business Park.


Places for Business and Industry Charette - North Lanarkshire Council

Gordon Laing, Assistant Business Manager (Development Planning), North Lanarkshire Council 

Reasons for carrying out charrette, the application of its outcomes to the policies and allocations in the Proposed Plan, how the output is informing regional policy and how other outputs will be used in preparing an Economic Strategy. 

3.35   Discussion
3.55   Final Comments
4.00   Close





Whilst placemaking and the delivery of good quality homes remain at the core of what planning is about, it sometimes seems that the role of the system in delivering land for employment and business does not receive the same level of attention. Yet the main purpose of the Scottish Government is to help increase sustainable economic growth and the planning system has a vital role to play in helping to build a growing economy. The allocation of employment land in the right place for business and the ability of the planning system to respond quickly to the needs of industry are critical to the delivery of this key Government objective. This event provides a timely review of how the planning system supports the delivery of business land. It includes a look at the adequacy and appropriateness of existing land supplies; the performance of the planning system in being able to react quickly to enquiries; and the alignment between local authority development planning and economic development/property functions. It will also consider the implications of SPP 2014 in terms of good practice in preparing business land audits, and the use of two specific planning tools namely Renfrewshire Council's Simplified Planning Zone at Hillington Park and North Lanarkshire Council's Places for Business and Industry Charette


Who Should Come

This event will be of value to town planners, property/ estates and economic development practitioners in the public and private sectors.



RICS Meeting Rooms, 125 Princess Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD

(about midway between Waverley and Haymarket Stations, on the tram and a number of bus routes)


Wednesday 26 April 2017

Registration and light Lunch 1.00 - 1.30, Finish 4.00pm

Cost     £35
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