Planning Minister Aileen Campbell this week announced a consultation early next year on proposed changes to planning fees. The proposed changes to fees envisage a new, proportionate structure ensuring fees reflect the cost of dealing with planning applications. This will be complemented by a continued focus on performance, including the introduction of a new performance assessment framework. The changes will include looking again at the maximum fees and how fees for different categories of development are calculated.
Ms Campbell also launched two publications aimed at design and planning professionals, 'Green Infrastructure: design and placemaking' which sets out the key considerations for incorporating green infrastructure into new developments, and 'Rural design: future landscapes', which provides good practice guidance on rural design work.
Further details and copies of the publications http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/11/08150426