Transforming Planning in Practice – action under way

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

Having recently published the work programme for our planning reforms, we are now putting it into action.

We have laid four sets of regulations in the Scottish Parliament, to bring various parts of the Act into force.  We’ve published a note explaining what the regulations do, and when they will take effect.

We’ve started discussing with a range of people how early work on Regional Spatial Strategies might shape up and have been raising awareness of the NPF4 engagement that will begin early next year.  You can find out more and keep up with future developments on our blogs.

As outlined in the work programme, preparation of a consultation paper on reviewing the Planning Performance and Fee Regimes is well underway.  To help inform the consultation paper we held a series of workshops with a wide range of stakeholders from 21st to 24th October and a summary of those discussions is due to be published shortly.  Keep an eye out for that and the forthcoming consultation.

We have published our Sustainability Appraisal and proposed work programme on reviewing Permitted Development Rights.  Early priorities include measures to address the global climate emergency, rural economy and digital communications, as well as looking again at Hill Tracks.  We would welcome comments on the prioritisation and the sustainability appraisal by28 January 2020.

If you are on Twitter you can get updates as they happen from @ScotGovPlanning.

How to keep up to date: Follow Scottish Government Planning and Architecture Division

Unconventional oil and gas consultation

(adapted from a communication from the Scottish Government, vis the Improvement Service. If there any questions about the consultation, please contact UOGSEAConsultation@gov.scot)

The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy position on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

As part of that process the Scottish Government is inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of their preferred policy position, that the Scottish Government does not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

These assessments are necessary before the policy position can be finalised and are the latest steps in the approach that the Scottish Government has adopted on this issue.

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LHNCC March 2018 minutes

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at Leith Community Centre on Tuesday 27 March 2018 at 7.00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against an item.

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LHNCC March 2018 agenda

Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate
Tuesday 27 March at 7.00pm

  1. Introductions
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of previous meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police report
  6. Reports: secretary and treasurer
  7. Councillors’, MSP’s, MP’s reports
  8. Planning update
    1. Skyliner, Ocean Drive, 18/00846/FUL – LHNCC response
    2. Great Junction Street – 17/05415/FUL – LHNCC response
    3. Planning Application, 18/01154/PAN – Baltic Street. Public Consultation
  9. Events
    1. Leith Chooses – Results Wednesday 21 March 2018
    2. EDLP Briefing Spring 2018 – NE Locality Office, Wednesday 21 March
    3. Edinburgh Trams Information event – Leith Library, Thursday 22 March
    4. Your Scottish Parliament is coming to Leith to hear what you think about human rights and the Scottish Parliament. Focus Group – South Leith Parish Church Halls on Monday, 26 March, between 12.30pm and 2.30 pm
    5. Victoria Primary School – Gala Day, Saturday 26 May
    6. New Victoria Primary School – Initial Design Concepts
    7. OneCity Trust open for grant applications – grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 available
    8. Community Council training event – Tuesday 27 February 2018 – feedback
    9. Leith Festival Gala Day: Saturday 9 June 2018 – Application forms available for stall
  10. LRT Transport to Western General hospital – update
  11. LHNCC Newsletter
  12. AOCB
    1. Edinburgh Tram Update – current plans and following this with an open question and answer session. LHNCC meeting 24 April 2018
    2. Edinburgh Remakery
    3. Visit to SS Explorer- email sent requesting suggested available dates
  13. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 24 April 2018