Scotland Planning Newsletter

October 2017

PLANNING SUCCESS

Bidwells Planning Associate, Corinne MacDougall, has successfully screened out the need for an Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) for the demolition of Longannet Power Station.

Working on behalf of Brown and Mason Limited (BAM), a demolition contractor with experience of demolishing more than 50 power stations, Corinne worked with RambollEnviron to prepare the Screening Report in order to satisfy the requirements of regulation 8 of the Town and Country Planning (EIA) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.

Based on the nature, scale and location of the development, Fife Council considered the proposed demolition is unlikely to cause significant environmental harm or complex impacts which would require assessment through an EIA. The impacts identified in the Screening Report were considered to be adequately mitigated by the measures proposed.

This is the second power station demolition project for which Corinne has provided environmental and planning support to BAM. Previously, she successfully screened out the need for an EIA for demolition of Inverkip Power Station in South Ayrshire.  

 

HOUSING UPDATE

The Scottish Government recently published Housing Statistics for Scotland 2017 detailing the key trends for the new housing supply industry to the year to date 31 March 2017. The key points from this document are that the growth of new housing supplies remains static from the previous year and generally the supply remains significantly below pre-2007 recession levels.

This is clearly worrying and should be paramount to decisions made by Local Authorities within planning applications. Planning has a role to play in assisting the delivery of much needed housing and the planning system should encourage sustainable housing developments.
Bidwells work on behalf of a diverse range of clients to assist in achieving their residential development aspirations for their land.

 

PLANNING TEAM UPDATES

Kathryn Donnelly successfully submitted her APC for MRTPI status in August 2017. On 21 September 2017, she learnt that she had been successful on her first attempt and is now a chartered town planner. We congratulate Kathryn on this impressive result!

Corinne MacDougall attended the Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL) Conference focused on ‘Anticipating and Preparing for Change’ on Thursday 21 September 2017. In light of the forthcoming Planning Bill and Brexit, this conference focused on how these key developments will impact the planning profession. Of particular interest to many of our clients was the focus of potential implications for environmental legislation and housing delivery.
Corinne also attended the RTPIs’ Scottish Annual Conference on 03 October 2017. The conference was well attended and provided an interesting forum which focused ‘The New Agenda: Planners as Visionaries, Facilitators and Enablers.’

 

EIA SUCCESS

Bidwells Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) team has successfully retained their Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) accreditation following a rigorous assessment process.

We're delighted to say that the team passed the IEMA Quality Mark review with various areas of commendation from the examiners including comments that our Environmental Statement (ES) reports “were clear, logical and easy to follow for the reader, the standard of presentation was excellent”.

This is excellent news for our EIA team as we continue to be 1 of only 4 real estate property consultants in the UK to have achieved this recognition.



AND FINALLY...

Rough Guide readers have awarded Scotland the title of the most beautiful country in the world!

If you like this photo, you may be interested in following Bidwells Instagram  for more photos from our colleagues based throughout Scotland.

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