As our regular blog readers will know, we’ve been following the Planning (Scotland) Bill’s progress through the Scottish Parliament with great interest since it was introduced in December 2017. Most recently, in June this year, the Bill was passed in what has been described as “a radical shake-up of planning laws”. But, has the Bill ultimately created a radical new framework to achieve what it aspired to?
We can’t believe we’re half-way through 2019 already, and this month we celebrated our second birthday! Our thanks to everyone who has worked with us since we started out, we couldn’t have come this far without you – it’s been a great two years, and we’re very much looking forward to what the years ahead bring. Focusing on the present for now though, here’s our selection of planning highlights for this month.
Despite much speculation on the future of the Planning (Scotland) Bill following Stage 2 of the Parliamentary process, the Bill is now proceeding to Stage 3 with three days of debate over more than 150 amendments scheduled to take place this week. Read on for our observations on just a few of the amendments of particular interest to us.
This time last year, our May Spotlights was co-written by our intern Lisa Crossan. This year, we’re delighted to welcome another new face to the team, graduate planner Negar Maydanchi who is assisting us for four weeks. So below is Negar’s pick of what’s of interest this month.
A couple of years ago, a friend of ours set up home on a canal boat in Edinburgh, making us look at Scotland’s canals in a new light. And we’re not the only ones to have done that. After a period of post-industrial decline, these once important shipping routes are now increasingly valued again as places for people to live, work and play, and for their contribution to wider regeneration and placemaking.