SCOTLAND PLANNING NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2018

TWO HOSPITALITY & LEISURE CONSENTS IN ONE WEEK...IN ONE STREET!

The Merchant City is one of Glasgow’s oldest quarters and dates back to the 1750’s. During this historic period, warehouses belonging to wealthy merchants and filled with tobacco, sugar and tea inhabited these quarters.

Following somewhat of a renaissance, the area now plays host to some of Glasgow’s most quirky and exciting restaurants, bars, shops and galleries and Bidwells' recently secured planning consents for two category B Listed Buildings on Albion Street.

The Stonegate Pub Company required Advertisement and Listed Building Consents for the facade upgrade to its BARHome pub. Stonegate Pub Company is one of the largest privately held pub operators in the UK and Bidwells' Planning team works closely with them to assist with their national planning needs.

9Round gyms, a franchise specialising in circuit training and kickboxing, required Change of Use, Advertisement and Listed Building Consents. 9Round is an up and coming 2018 trend with fitness gyms such as these springing up throughout the UK.

9round gym

All decision notices for these hospitality & leisure clients were issued within the same week and within the statutory eight week time period.

FREE TRAINING ON PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
A new, free online learning module on ‘Professional Ethics’ has been launched by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). This learning module will provide RTPI members with more clarity and support on this matter and that Planners should ‘act fearlessly and impartially in their professional judgement’.

 

DECISION TIMES FOR PLANNING APPLICATIONS
The Scottish Government recently published planning application decision times for Quarter 2 (Q2) of 2017. Decision times have decreased slightly since Q1 of 2017, however local applications are still being processed at a quicker rate than in 2016, inclusive of Q1 and Q2.

In Q2, 6,849 planning application decisions were made on local planning applications and planning authorities took on average nine weeks to reach a decision on each. Additionally, 423 local planning applications with Processing Agreements were processed with 81% of these meeting the agreed timescales.

In light of this, North Ayrshire Council has been crowned the best performing public sector planning team in Scotland, with average decision times for local planning applications at 5.9 weeks and 100% of all of their planning applications at a local level and are determined within a period of two months.

 

ELECTRIC CAR COMMITMENT IN PERTH'S NEWEST VILLAGE

 Electric car charging2

 
Springfield Properties has committed to installing cabling for electric car charging points in all their newly built homes, including Perth’s Bertha Park Village, which is expected to comprise of 3,000 new homes as well as a new High School.

Springfield Properties is one of the first UK firms to effectively plan for the future in respect of Scotland’s vision to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032.

 

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT CALLED-IN BY SCOTTISH MINISTERS
Scottish Ministers have called in a proposed housing development on an old hospital site at Oudenarde, Bridge of Earn in Perthshire, comprising of 159 homes.

This housing development project had been known to Perth and Kinross Council (PKC) for over 10 years and early this year PKC had recommended that Councillors approve this application at the Planning and Development Committee meeting. However, at the last minute, this application was called in by Scottish Ministers following concerns from Transport Scotland about the impact of this development on the nearby M90 (Perth to Inverkeithing) as well as further road safety concerns. This is an unusual case as Scottish Ministers generally only intervene in exceptional circumstances and where applications are of national significance.

 

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