Top of the list of items is the news that the Scottish Government has launched a 'Charrette Mainstreaming Programme' aimed at embedding charrette working at the heart of designs for new and regenerated places across Scotland. More on this in later posts
There is now a new Planning Advice Note dealing with Planning and Noise. This provides new advice on the role of the planning system in helping to prevent and limit the adverse effects of noise. It supersedes Circular 10/1999 Planning and Noise and PAN 56 Planning and Noise. Information and advice on noise impact assessment methods is provided in the associated Technical Advice Note
As of February 1, 2011 significant changes have been made to section 75 of the 1997 Planning Act, introducing a formal process for modifying or discharging section 75 obligations and introducing good neighbour agreements. Guidance has now been published on these changes as an Annex to Circular 1/2010.
For those APT followers who sent in their views there is a 'Partial Analysis of Responses to the Amendments to the Modernised Planning System consultation' available here
Parliamentary consideration will be required for the following regulations:
The Town and Country Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2011These Regulations amend the regulations on Development Planning , Development Management, Appeals and Local Reviews. Subject to Parliamentary consideration, most of the changes will come into force on April 1, 2011 and a new requirement to consult with the Crofters Commission will come into force on October 1, 2011.
The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment ) (Scotland) Regulations 2011
These Regulations consolidate, update, and replace Part II of the 1999 EIA regulations. Subject to Parliamentary consideration, the regulations will come into force on June 1, 2011. Associated guidance will be published in the future. There are no transitional provisions.
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Non-Domestic Microgeneration) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2011
This Order amends the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992. Subject to Parliamentary consideration, the regulations will come into force on March 18, 2011. Classes of permitted development referred to include; solar panels; the pipework for ground and water source heat pumps; biomass and anaerobic digestion plant