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Increasing Openness and Transparency in Planning

RICS Meeting Rooms, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh

Tuesday 29 August 2017

  

Programme

 

 

1.00     

Registration and light lunch

     
1.30  

Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Stephen Tucker, Partner, Barton Willmore

     
1.35  

Places, People and Planning - Implications for Openness
Dr Maggie Bochel, Director, Aurora Planning

A focus on the recent Scottish Government consultation and discussion of the pros and cons relating to transparency. 

     
1.55  

A Private Sector and Development Industry Perspective on Transparency
Colin Lavety, Planning Director, Barton Willmore

Drawing on extensive experience from a range of planning submissions to various planning authorities, an insight into issues that can frustrate and hinder the planning application process. Addresses those aspects of the development process that communities and the local authority planning service may struggle with.

     
2.15   Discussion
     
2.35   Refreshments
     
2.55  

Councillor Involvement in Pre-Application Stages of Development
Pamela Clifford, Planning Services Manager, Dunbartonshire Council

Describes the protocol and process that has been developed to allow the early engagement of Councillors on major applications and complex developments that are key to the Council’s strategic priorities and objectives, and how successful it has been to date.

     
3.15  

A View from the Planning Committee
Councillor Ian Perry (former Planning Convener), The City of Edinburgh Council

Convener of the Planning Committee, Development Management Sub Committee and the Local Review Body for five years, Ian discusses openness and transparency in dealing with the complex range of pressures and interests associated with planning applications.

     
3.35   Discussion
     
3.50   Final Comments from Chair and Close
     

 

 

Background

 

The future of planning in Scotland is likely to be framed around a number of key changes.  These include encouraging greater community involvement, getting more people - particularly younger people involved in planning - and improving public trust. The Scottish Government consultation on the planning system refers to the need to improve perceptions and procedures, commenting that many people find planning  complicated.

 

There are, however, certain areas of planning that can lack transparency and which impact on perceptions and the willingness of both communities and the development sector to engage fully and/or positively with the system.

 

From a community and development industry perspective, there is no doubt that the local authority decision making process can be difficult to understand and as a result can appear to lack openness. Decisions that are taken contrary to officer recommendation or contrary to the development plan are frequently difficult to understand and can erode public trust and confidence in planning.  Similarly, the number of housing sites with planning permission that remain undeveloped, housing applications that greatly exceed development plan indicative capacities and the mechanisms for securing vital infrastructure can be difficult for professionals and the public to grapple with.

 

Planning is not an exact science and a system which  involves making value judgements and decisions that are weighted in favour for or against, will never generate the certainty that communities and developers seek. Similarly, there are complexities around the procurement and development of land, which if better understood, could pave the way for a smoother path through the planning system.

 

This event will address a number of these 'grey' areas in planning and explore practice within both the local authority planning system and the development industry aimed at increasing understanding and transparency and reducing negative perceptions.

 

Who Should Come

 

This event will be of value to town planners and other property professionals in the public and private sectors; elected members; and community groups, individuals and other organisations with an interest in the planning system 

 

Where    

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)

When    

Tuesday 29 August 2017

Registration and light Lunch 1.00 - 1.30, Finish 4.00pm

Cost     £35
Enquiries/Booking   Joyce Hartley: 07896 058343: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 SPONSORED BY

 

barton-willmore 

 

 

 

          

Planning for Business and Industry

RICS Meeting Rooms, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh

Wednesday 26th April 2017

 

 

 

Programme

 

 

1.00     

Registration and light lunch

     
1.30  

Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Nicola Woodward, Planning Director, Lichfields

     
1.35  

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

     
1.55  

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
     
   

USING SPECIFIC PLANNING TOOLS

     
2.55  

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.

     
3.15  

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

 

 

Background

 

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.

 

Where    

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)

When    

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Registration and light Lunch 1.00 - 1.30, Finish 4.00pm

Cost     £35
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Enquiries/Booking   Joyce Hartley: 07896 058343: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Lichfields 

 

 

 

          

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Education and New Housing Development

110 Queen Street, Glasgow

Wednesday 6th September 2017

 

 

Background

 

Whilst the delivery of more homes is a national priority, the provision of infrastructure remains one of the most significant challenges facing the planning system in Scotland.  These views were echoed in the recent Scottish Government consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system.

 

Amongst the most essential - and arguably expensive - facilities required to support sustainable communities, are schools, particularly secondary schools.  Within this scenario, education capacity can pose a major constraint to housing development, especially in areas identified for significant growth.

 

The complexities and frequent controversies arising from calculating developer contributions, implementing supplementary guidance and apportioning costs across several developers and developments are well documented.

 

This event looks at current experience and practice from a number of perspectives and viewpoints and attempts to identify practice and procedures which work to the satisfaction of all parties involved.

 

  

Programme

 

1.00     

Registration and light lunch

     
1.30  

Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Karen Hamilton, Partner, Brodies LLP

     
1.35  

East Renfrewshire Council – Supplementary Planning Guidance on Development Contributions

Karen Barrie, Principal Project Officer (Affordable Housing & Development Contributions), East Renfrewshire Council

A review of the Council's approach to education provision, particularly its cumulative approach to calculating education contributions. The approach won an award in the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP) 2015, judges noting the Council's determination to tackle a complex subject to find a better way of working for all parties involved.

     
1.55  

Providing for Schools in Major Residential Developments
John Hamilton, CEO, Winchburgh Developments Ltd

Now at a critical phase in its fifteen year development of 3,500 houses, a discussion about the developer and West Lothian Council's approach to providing primary and secondary schools for one of Scotland's largest urban renewal projects at Winchburgh, West Lothian.

     
2.15   Discussion
     
2.35   Refreshments
     
     
2.55  

New Schools Infrastructure in Perth & Kinross
Euan McLaughlin, Planning Officer (Developer Negotiator), Perth & Kinross Council

As one of the fastest growing areas in Scotland, the area to the west and North West of Perth is set for major expansion to accommodate between 5,000 and 9,000 new homes. This presentation outlines the measures and programmes that are being progressed to provide the necessary schools infrastructure.

     
3.15  

Planning Obligations and Education – Could do better?
Karen Hamilton, Partner, Brodies

     
3.35   Discussion
     
3.50   Final Comments from Chair and Close
     
     

 

Who Should Come

These events will be of interest to a variety of professionals and practitioners across a range of disciplines including town planners in the public and private sectors, education specialists, housebuilders and housing providers from across the spectrum, property professionals and all with an involvement in the delivery of housing.

Where    

Brodies Offices at 110 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BX

When    

Wednesday 6 September 2017 (Education and New Housing Development)
Registration and light lunch 1.00 - 1.30. Finish 4.00pm

Cost     These events are hosted by Brodies and are free to attend
Enquiries/Booking   Joyce Hartley: 07896 058343: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

          

 

jhplanbrodies

 

 

Widening Housing Choice

110 Queen Street, Glasgow

Wednesday 27 September 2017

  

Background

 

With the need for more homes widely regarded a national crisis, it is accepted that the debate must move beyond numbers and a reliance on the private sector, to embrace other tenures and more innovative funding and delivery models. The Scottish Government's commitment to increasing supply is reflected in its funding for 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years, and its support for City Deals, mid market rent homes, the private rented sector and support for home ownership.

 

This event looks at a number of tenures beyond the majority of housing delivered traditionally by the 'big eight' volume builders. Against various backgrounds and scenarios, it examines practice across a range of situations including sources of funding, delivery, partnership working and experience with the planning system.

 

 

Programme

 

 

1.00     

Registration and light lunch

     
1.30  

Welcome and Introduction from Chair
Neil Collar, Partner, Brodies LLP

     
1.35  

The Role of Build to Rent in the Wider Housing Market
Robin Blacklock, Dowbrae Property Consultancy

A discussion of the important role of the emerging build to rent sector in the wider housing market and the potential that this has to address the wider housing market shortfall. Looks at lessons to be learned from mature markets abroad, some of the initiatives coming from the Scottish Government, local authorities, and the approach from private investors.

     
1.55  

Opportunities for Community Self Build
Angela Doran, Self Build Coordinator, Glasgow City Council

As an alternative affordable model of housing, a discussion about the opportunities for housing and communities afforded by self and custom-build with particular reference to the Maryhill Self Build Project in Glasgow.

     
2.15   Discussion
     
2.35   Refreshments
     
     
2.55  

The Role of Housing Associations
Sheenagh Simpson, Policy Lead, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

General overview on the work of housing associations and a particular insight into the range of different housing needs for older people, people with disabilities and the homeless Looks at case studies and funding models.

     
3.15  

Building New Homes for Glasgow
Patrick Flynn, Head of Housing Services, Glasgow City Council

With a target to build 12,500 new homes over the next five years, and with major new housing and regeneration projects underway across the City, this presentation outlines the Council's housing strategy, including funding for infrastructure, development of vacant and brownfield land, the relationship between the public and private sectors and partnership working.

     
3.35   Discussion
     
3.50   Final Comments from Chair and Close
     

 

 

Who Should Come

 

These events will be of interest to a variety of professionals and practitioners across a range of disciplines including town planners in the public and private sectors, education specialists, housebuilders and housing providers from across the spectrum, property professionals and all with an involvement in the delivery of housing.

 

Where    

Brodies Offices at 110 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BX

When    

Wednesday 27 September 2017 (Widening Housing Choice)
Registration and light lunch 1.00 - 1.30. Finish 4.00pm

Cost     These events are hosted by Brodies and are free to attend
Enquiries/Booking   Joyce Hartley: 07896 058343: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

          

 

jhplanpas

 

 

Community Empowerment

How it's working for planners and property people

PAS, 125 Princes Street , Edinburgh

9.50am – 4.00pm, Tuesday 24 October 2017

 

 

Background

Community empowerment and inclusive growth is a key Scottish Government priority which is embedded in the 2015 Community Empowerment Act and the 2016 Land Reform Act.

Community empowerment is also a cornerstone of the current programme of planning reform, as it seeks to achieve an alignment and closer integration of spatial planning with community planning. The link between community planning and spatial planning is likely to become a statutory requirement in the forthcoming Planning Bill, as is the introduction of local place plans.

There is already a wealth of experience in community development, particularly in rural areas. However, the implications of the new legislation for planning and property professionals, particularly in the public sector and as it applies to urban areas, is not always well understood. Neither is the closer link being forged between community empowerment/community planning and spatial planning through planning reform.

This Conference focuses on those aspects of current and anticipated future legislation that will have a particular impact on the built environment - and in particular on:

    • Extension of the community right to buy to urban areas
    • Asset transfer requests
    • Aligning community planning and spatial planning through a statutory link
    • Incorporation of community-led local place plans into the local development plan

Whereas earlier land reform initiatives focused almost exclusively on rural areas, the latest round of land reform, community empowerment and community engagement measures provide a greater focus for urban areas, a platform for urban regeneration and for tackling inequality. Against this background the Conference will focus on the exchange of information, existing, emerging and proposed practice, and through the use of case studies, will look at the issues that arise for built environment practitioners and how these have been tackled.

Our aim is to increase understanding and awareness of what community empowerment means for planning, estates management, regeneration and local economic development, and how implementation is likely to unfold in the future.

Our hope is that people will leave the event better informed about the opportunities that community empowerment offers, and how these can best be taken forward by communities and local authorities working together.

 

  

Agenda

 

09:50     

Chair's Welcome and Introduction

Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS

     
10:00  

Community Empowerment Legislation - An Overview of Progress to Date
Malcolm Cowie, Community Empowerment Team, Scottish Government


A summary of progress to date with introducing the different parts of the Community Empowerment Act and the Scottish Government's continuing programme for enactment.

     
10:15  

Questions and answering

     
10:25  

Community Right to Buy - The Process
Linsay Chalmers, Development Manager, Community Land Scotland


A look at how Community Right to Buy has been used to date; what the impact of the 2016 extension to urban areas has been and how the planned extension to Community Right to Buy for abandoned, neglected or detrimental land could be used by communities.

     
10:45   Questions and answering
     
10:55   Refreshments
     
11:15  

Asset Transfer - From Policy to Practice
Linda Gillespie, Programme Manager, The Community Ownership Support Service


From community centres to town halls, football pitches, piers and harbours communities across Scotland are exercising their new right to request to manage, lease or transfer ownership of publicly owned.assets. This presentation will go through the process of asset transfer, highlighting good practice and examples of where communities are using assets to deliver key services and contributing to the regeneration of their areas.

     
11:35  

Questions and answering

     
11:45  

Linking Community Planning with Spatial Planning - Knitting it Together - A Local Authority Experience
Neale McIlvanney, Strategic Planning Manager, North Ayrshire Council


The Council's journey towards using locality-based planning to achieve better outcomes for communities. Includes use of the place standard to frame locality priorities and development sites to feature in the Local Development Plan. The process and close relationship between the Community Planning Partnership and LDP is providing a robust platform to consult equitably throughout the Council area.

     
12:05   Questions and answering
     
12:20   Lunch
     

 

The afternoon comprises case studies illustrating practice and experience - highlighting what is happening on the ground - what's working well, how it works and how it works for community groups and local authorities.

 

 

13:15   

Action Porty - the Journey so Far
Kyrsta Macdonald-Scott and Shauna Macdonald, Directors, Action Porty

The story of the first urban community buy out under the extension of theCommunity Right to Buy to urban areas. Action Porty is developing Portobello Old Parish Church buildings into a new community hub.

     
13:45  

Asset Transfer, Community Led Action Plans and Placemaking
Angela Graham, Senior Estates Surveyor, East Ayrshire Council; John Semple, Regeneration Project Officer, East Ayrshire Council


Sharing experience from an estates and planning perspective. EAC has handled over 170 requests for asset transfer and approved 44 of these. The council area has 18 active community led action plans and is embarking on integrating these and developing plans with a placemaking programme for 30 settlements over the next 3 years. The session will look at experience, practicalities and problems of doing this.

     
14:30  

Refreshments

     
14:45  

Model for Local Place Plans?
Nick Wright, Nick Wright Planning

Nick Wright will lead a discussion based on projects with which he has been involved. Includes a few people involved in charrettes and asking the question - is this what a Local Place Plan might look like?

     
15:15  

Ensuring Community Empowerment through the Design Process
Alisdair Clements, Director, Inch Architecture


Supporting a Community Development Trust in a journey to create a much needed Community Hub, through subjective site analysis and assessment of risk.

     
15:45   Plenary Discussion
     
16:00  

Close of Conference

   

 

 

Who Should Come

This event will be of value to planners, estates/property people, and community planning practitioners particularly in local government.  It will also be of relevance to community groups and other organisations and individuals involved with Community Empowerment.

Where    

PAS, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD

When    

9.50am - 4.00pm, Tuesday 24 October 2017

Cost    

Local authorities, private sector companies - £80

 

Community groups, individuals, third sector organisations - £40

Enquiries   Joyce Hartley: 07896 058343: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Programme   PDF Download

 

          

Town Centre Planning

 Making a Difference

RICS Meeting Rooms, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh

27 October 2016

 

 

 

Programme

 

 

1.00     

Registration and light lunch

     
1.30  

Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Nick Wright, Nick Wright Planning and RTPI Representative on External

Advisory Group - National Review of Town Centres, 2013

     
1.35  

Applying the Town Centre First Principle

Karl Doroszenko, Development Planning & Regeneration Manager, East

Ayrshire Council

     
1.55  

Town Centre Living - Bringing Empty Homes Back into Use

Gavin Leask, Empty Homes Local Project Manager, Shelter Scotland

     
2.15   Discussion
     
2.35   Tea/Coffee
     
2.55  

Targeted Initiatives:

A discussion of Simplified Planning Zones, Reducing Planning Obligations,

BIDs and Clustering of Payday Lending & Betting Shops

Sharon Marklow, Strategy & Place Manager, Renfrewshire Council

Alan Williamson, Team Leader, West Dunbartonshire Council

David Grove, Lead Officer, Town Centre Development, Fife Council

     
3.35   Discussion
     
3.55   Final Comments
     
4.00   Close

 

 

Background

February 2016 saw the publication of the 'Town Centre Action Plan - Two Years On',  providing a snapshot report on progress against the themes in the Town Centre Action Plan.  The Action Plan of 2013 introduced the Town Centre First Principle and a call for the health of town centres to be put at the heart of the decision-making process.  Two years on from the publication of Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 2014 and the introduction of the town centre first principle into development plan policy, this event focuses on initiatives and interventions where the planning system has strived to make a difference and to support the viability of town centres.  Although the event concentrates mainly on planning interventions, its scope includes a wider range of initiatives and interests designed to reinvigorate Scotland's town centres.

 

Who Should Come

This event will be of value to planners, town centre practitioners and all with an interest in encouraging growth and promoting vitality in our town centres.

 

Where    

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)

When    

Thursday 27 October 2016

Registration and light Lunch 1.00 - Finish 4.00

Cost     £40
Enquiries/Booking   Joyce Hartley: 07896 058343: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS

1.   Karl Doroszenko

2.   Gavin Leask

3.   Alan Williamson

4.   Sharon Marklow

 

 

 

          

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Increasing Housing Supply

 

 Improving Outcome

110 Queen Street, Glasgow

Thursday 8 September 2016

  

Programme

 

 

1.00     

Registration and light lunch

     
1.30  

Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Alasdair Fleming, Partner, Real Estate, Brodies LLP 

     
1.35  

Working in Patnership

Fraser Carlin, Head of Planning & Housing Services, Renfrewshire Council 

     
1.55  

Effective Engagement with Communities

John Hamilton, CEO, Winchburgh Developments Ltd

     
2.15   Discussion
     
2.35   Tea/Coffee
     
2.55  

The 'ideal' DM Planner and Housebuilder Applicant

Jennifer Horn, Team Leader, Strategic Development and Regeneration, East Dunbartonshire Council

Andrew Trigger, Strategic Land Manager, Avant Homes

 

     
3.15  

A Legal View

Karen Hamilton, Partner, Brodies LLP

     
3.35   Discussion
     
3.50   Final comments from Chair and Close

 

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 Improving Processes and Delivery Mechanisms

110 Queen Street, Glasgow

Thursday 22 September 2016

 

 

Programme

 

 

1.00     

Registration and light lunch

     
1.30  

Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Neil Collar, Partner, Brodies LLP

 

     
1.35  

Increasing Effective Housing Land Supply

Tammy Adams, Head of Planning, Homes for Scotland

 

     
1.55  

Managing Major Housing Applications

Colin Lavety, Planning Director, Barton Willmore

 

     
2.15   Discussion
     
2.35   Tea/Coffee
     
2.55  

Increasing the Delivery of Housing, especially the Private Rented Sector

Ken Ross, CEO, Ross Developments & Renewables Ltd

     
3.15  

A Legal View

Neil Collar, Partner, Brodies LLP

     
3.35   Discussion
     
3.50   Final comments from Chair and Close

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Background


The Scottish Government has much to consider with the Planning Review, Land Reform, Community Empowerment and emerging new planning guidance on housing delivery and infrastructure. Whatever the outcomes, it is unlikely that significant change to the planning system and the way in which housing is delivered is going to happen any time soon. 

In the meantime, Government has given strong assurances that increasing housing delivery is a key priority with a commitment to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years. Yet despite increased activity, annual private sector completions remain well below pre-recession levels. 

Against this background, the complexities and often tortuous process of getting housing on the ground continue. For local authorities this means grappling with numbers, indentifying potential housing sites, assessing infrastructure requirements, dealing with local politics and addressing the concerns of local communities. Added factors for housebuilders include dealing with landowners, securing development funding and critical timing. The key role of the planning system to deliver good quality places is often out of kilter with the primary commericial drivers of the development industry for certainty, the most efficient use of land and early sales. The operational enviroment for all sides in the process is far from perfect and is likely to remain so for the forseeable future. 

These events are set largely in the context of exisiting legislation and guidance and look to identify practice that has resulted in improved outcomes and processes in terms of delivery of housing on the ground.

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 Who Should Come

This event will be of value to planners in the public and private sectors, developers, housebuilders and all with an involvement in the delivery of housing.

Where     Brodie's Offices at 110 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BX

 

When    

Registration and light Lunch 1.00 - 1.30

Finish 3.50

Cost     These events are free to attend
Enquiries/Booking   Joyce Hartley: 07896 058343: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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REFLECTIONS ON THE LDP PROCESS

sharing experience – promoting good practice

 

Wednesday 26 August 2015

 

Falkirk Business Hub, Vicar Street, Falkirk

Background:

With many Local Development Plans now complete or at an advanced stage of preparation, a considerable body of experience has built up to help inform the next round.

This event reflected on the collective experience of a number of practitioners and drew conclusions about how the process has worked and what might make it work better in the future.

Looking at the LDP process from their own perspective, speakers from a range of backgrounds addressed the following questions:

  • What worked well that we would want to replicate next time?
  • What didn’t go well and we’d want to do differently?
  • What did we not anticipate?
  • How will the environment be different next time?
  • How can we improve?
  • How can we improve if resources might be less?

 

Speaker Presentations

Alistair Shaw presentation here

Graeme Finlay presentation here

Andrew Fleming presentation here

 Clare Symonds presentation here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSING LAND

Reflections on Recent  Planning Policy and Practice

Edinburgh

Wednesday 4 March 2015

 

 

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Background:

Despite a raft of measures aimed at supporting the housing market and prospective house buyers, the housing crisis shows no real sign of abating.   Whilst some local authority areas report a gradual rise in the number of annual completions, housing production in Scotland is still 40% lower than in 2007 - this against a background of record population levels and continuing growth in the number of households.

A number of recent high profile studies highlight the need for radical change in the way that housing land is procured including the need for greater transparency in the land market and the use of compulsory purchase.   Also highlighted is the need for wider choice, greater confidence for communities, the upfront provision of infrastructure and the critical role of design and placemaking. 

Against the background of a dysfunctional housing market in which multiple factors conspire to frustrate the delivery of housing, the planning system continues to attract often harsh criticism.

Whilst it seems that major change is inevitable, could the current planning framework do more to support the housing market?

This event explores a number of aspects of policy and practice affecting housing land including the implications of Scottish Planning Policy (particularly with regard to the presumption if favour of sustainable development); the concept of 'prematurity';  the outcome of development plan examinations; decisions made contrary to the development plan; and the relationship between SDPs and LDPs.

 

     

COMMUNITY GROWING, TEMPORARY GREENING

AND STALLED SPACES

(achieving better practice in the planning process)

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Star & Garter Hotel, Linlithgow

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Green infrastructure including space for community growing, allotments and temporary greening is becoming increasingly embedded into local development plans through national planning policy and the work of organisations such as Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT), Architecture and Design Scotland(A+DS) and the Grow Your Own Working Group.  There is now a wealth of information and guidance about factors such as leasing and legal matters, design, funding, training in horticultural skills, establishing community groups etc.  

Despite this continually expanding body of knowledge and an increasing number of community growing, temporary greening and other projects for 'stalled spaces', the planning system is still viewed by many groups as a major barrier to securing projects, mainly due to inconsistencies in the development management approach.  It has been reported that local authorities frequently have different views about whether or not planning permission is required for features such as huts and polytunnels and a range of other matters such as visual amenity, car parking, road access and change of use.

From development plan policies, through supplementary guidance, the use of planning obligations to secure growing space and the development management system, this event will look at issues that arise and how these are addressed, with a view to achieving better practice and greater consistency in the planning process.   

 

View programme here

John Glover presentation here

Heather Claridge presentation here

Peter Duncan presentation here

Karen Cadell presentation here

 

 

WHAT OUR DELEGATES SAID:

"Helpful to hear practices used by different councils in creating allotments"

 

"John Glover's presentation put everything in context and highlighted key issues"

 

"Heather's Claridge's presentation was inspirational"

 

"Peter Duncan's talk offered a lot of food for thought"

 

"Karen Cadell's talk illustrated a mindful and informed approach to incorporating growing space into design"  

HEAT MAPPING, HEAT NETWORKS AND PLANNING

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Star & Garter Hotel, Linlithgow

Tuesday 27 May 2014 

 

Background

The Scottish Government's aspirations for a Low Carbon Scotland include ambitious emissions reduction targets of 80% by 2050 and a world leading 42% by 2020. As well as contributing to overall climate change agenda, the move towards low carbon and renewable energy generation is part of a wider strategy to promote sustainable economic growth and address rising energy costs for households and industry.

In order to exploit opportunities for the more productive use of energy for heating and cooling, the Government is promoting the use of heat mapping in local developments plans (LDPs).

The planning system has a crucial role in helping to link the generation and distribution of energy with development and investment in supply chain facilities, and to this end Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) Review requires LDPs to use heat mapping and to support the development of heat networks. Whilst there are a number of notable successful  district heating schemes in existence already,  the use of heat mapping and the promotion of heat networks in LDPs remains relatively new.

The Scottish Government has developed a Heat Map for Scotland to help assess who needs heat (demand) and where the sources of heat (supply) might come from using a Geographic Information System (GIS).  These datasets are now available to local authorities to support local energy planning.

This afternoon event will explore current developments in the use of heat mapping in LDPs, the development of supporting planning policy and aspects of its implementation at  the local level.

View programme here

View speaker presentations here

View feasibility study for district and renewable energy options for buildings in and around Linlithgow Cross (made available by Transition Linlithgow) here

 

 

WHAT OUR DELEGATES SAID

"All presentations useful, informative and thought provoking.  Learnt a lot today!"

"All presentations very useful and will help Transition Linlithgow with its plans"

"Good variety of presentations covering all aspects from the strategic policy level to the practical implementation"

TOWN CENTRES - CHANGING POLICY AND PRACTICE
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Falkirk Business Hub, Vicar Street, Falkirk

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Background:

This event is set against the backdrop of the 2013 National Review of Town Centres - the 'Fraser Review' -  and the Scottish Government's response as set out in the subsequent Town Centre Action Plan released in November 2013.  The Action Plan promotes a 'town centre first principle' which encourages a shared understanding of the principle across the public sector and a range of cross-government measures aimed at facilitating actions to address current issues facing town centres.

This half-day event event offers an opportunity to hear about Scottish Government policy for town centres and a 'snapshot' of current thinking and practice across the public and private sectors aimed at fostering closer working relationships to enhance Scotland's town centres.

  

 

View programme here

View speaker presentations here

View letter from Sunil Varu, Chairman, Association for Town Centre Management Scotland  here

 

WHAT OUR DELEGATES SAID:

 

"Very good range of perspectives and ideas for our own use"

" All presentations useful and interesting"

" Good value for cost, comfortable and accessible venue and well managed"  

HOUSING LAND - SECURING A GENEROUS AND EFFECTIVE SUPPLY

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European Room, City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh

Thursday 23 January 2014

 

 

Background:

There a number of factors which continue to affect the delivery of and demand for housing such as market uncertainty, lack of access to finance and issues surrounding development viability. However, the allocation of land for housing through the planning system is also a critical factor. Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) requires the planning system to identify a generous supply of land for the provision of a range of housing in the right places, and that a supply of effective land for at least 5 years should be maintained at all times.

Although local authorities may consider that their development plans provide for an effective and generous supply, there are those, mainly from the development sector who argue that many allocated sites remain constrained and incapable of delivery within specified timeframes.  There are concerns about a range of issues such as what constitutes a 'generous supply', the definition of 'effective', the role of the Housing Need and Demand Assessment, Local Housing Strategies, windfall sites, flexibility allowances, concerns about 'over allocation', providing allocations 'in the right place' and an increasing number of attempts to promote what are considered to be suitable sites through the development management process.

 

View programme here

View speaker presentations here

View Murray Shaw's paper 'Development Plans - Effective to Ensure an Effective Supply'  here

View Gwen McCracken's presentations notes here

 

 WHAT OUR DELEGATES SAID

 

"Excellent - hope for more!"

"All useful and relevant."

"Good balance of views and topics."

"Well organised"

DELIVERING INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS
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Exchange Square, Edinburgh

Tuesday 23 October 2013

 

 

Ryden      

 

 

Background:

The development industry in general and the house building sector in particular, continues to operate against a background of shrinking public sector resources and private sector borrowing constraints. Within this context, the provision of infrastructure continues to present significant challenges, especially in areas where major growth strategies are being pursued and the more traditional methods of funding infrastructure through Section 69 and 75 planning obligations have become increasingly difficult.

This half day event brings together experienced practitioners from the public and private sectors to discuss alternative and innovative funding mechanisms and to explore ways in which the infrastructure required to support development strategies can continue to be funded through the planning process. The event offers an opportunity to hear about practical and effective approaches together with an assessment of key legal issues.

View programme here 

 View Speaker Presentations here

 

WHAT OUR DELEGATES SAID:

"All very interesting; good to get different perspectives on this topic."

"All very useful - good mix of experience , approaches and public/private sector mix."

"All excellent - good to have practical examples in each to support the theory/technical information."

"Excellent - very well organised."

" Great - venue and speakers.  Good time for event and format worked well".