SCOTLAND PLANNING TEAM BUILDS ON SUCCESS
We are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Principal Planner Alasdair Adey. He joins Bidwells from Arcus Consulting, an environmental and planning firm primarily focused on renewable energy, property and infrastructure projects throughout the UK.
A chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Chair of the Scottish Young Planners Steering Group 2018/19, he brings with him wide-ranging project experience which will complement the existing technical expertise of the team.
SCOTLAND'S AFFORDABLE HOUSING TARGET IN REACH
New research conducted by Shelter Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland, reported that the Scottish Government (SG) is on track to deliver its targeted 50,000 affordable homes by 2021.
Many of these homes will become social housing, which could effectively house many of the 137,100 households on council waiting lists. This is great progress for all involved in the housing delivery process in Scotland and the SG, however the report expresses uncertainty over whether these homes will be built with a ‘sense of place’ in mind and in the correct location in terms of access to public transport, amenities and facilities.
PERTH AND KINROSS COUNCIL APPROVE BLAIRGOWRIE EXPANSION
Westpark Developments has submitted a multi-million-pound masterplan inclusive of 400 new homes, a primary school, supermarket and offices to Perth and Kinross Council. Planners urged councillors to back this development at the Development Management Committee meeting on 14th March 2018. The development is to span across 70 acres of field and woodland on Blairgowrie’s western edge and has so far received over 78 objections, including concerns for tourism, traffic and medical practice waiting lists.
PROTECTING MUSIC VENUES - NEW NATIONAL PLANNING FRAMEWORK (NPF)
The SG intends to introduce a new ‘Agent of Change’ principle in the new version of the NPF. In recognition of the cultural and economic contributions made by the music industry, SG wishes to protect this by ensuring that housing developers choosing to locate near music venues become:
‘responsible for identifying and solving any potential issues with noise, giving residents of new homes a better quality of life and allowing our music venues to continue to operate.’
FIFE COUNCIL - DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT CHANGES
From 1st April 2018, Fife Council’s Development Management team will be introducing several new changes regarding administration fees for the submission of paper applications, a charged service for pre-applications, phone payment charges and post submission arrangements.
Full details are available on Fife Council's website here.
THE CHANGING FACE OF PLANNING
As part of their continued professional development, Amelia Smith and Alasdair Adey recently attended the Scottish Young Planners Conference in Glasgow, with speakers including Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing. 'The changing face of planning' explored the wider changes occurring within the planning system, including how collaboration and technology are being utilised to facilitate wholesale change.
After the conference, delegates gathered at Bar HOME (for which Bidwells recently secured Advertising and Listed Building Consents) for drinks and networking.