Following consultation earlier this year, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Derek Mackay, has announced a number of changes to the Scottish planning system as part of continued reform.
Under an agreement, which is subject to parliamentary approval changes include:
- planning fees to increase by 20% in April 2013
- a high level group to be formed to review planning performance, and look at proposals to link performance with wider reform of planning fees
- an additional one-off funding of £673,000 is to be made available to help planning authorities to deal with applications for wind turbines.
As welcomed in eNews last week.Permitted development rights for agricultural and forestry private tracks will not be amended but will be kept under review.
As part of the announcement the Scottish Government has also published revised guidance on planning obligations (Circular 3/12: Planning obligations and Good Neighbour Agreements) and a number of amendments to amendments to planning legislation have been laid before Parliament. If approved, the changes will come into force on 2nd February 2013.
Read the full Scottish Government press release http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/12/PlanningReform141212