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‘Exceptional Release’ Housing Policy and the Demise of Scotland’s ‘Tilted Balance’

Sandy Telfer discusses the much anticipated court decision in ‘the Mossend appeal’ and what this means for the Scottish Housebuilding industry.

What changes after you say: “I do”?

The Wedding season is upon us once again with couples across Scotland ‘tying the knot’ but what legally changes when you say “I do”?

Immigration changes – The impact on rural businesses

Fraser Vandal discusses changes to the UK's work visa rules and how these changes will impact rural businesses.

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13 June 2024 | Time to read: 13 mins

‘Exceptional Release’ Housing Policy and the Demise of Scotland’s ‘Tilted Balance’

By Sandy Telfer

Sandy Telfer discusses the much anticipated court decision in ‘the Mossend appeal’ and what this means for the Scottish Housebuilding industry.

30 April 2024 | Time to read: 4 mins

Under-delivery of new homes: planning system a key driver

By Monica Cannon

Monica Cannon discusses the Competition and Market Authority’s market study into housebuilding published February 2024.

05 February 2024 | Time to read: 9 mins

Planning by nature

Enhancing biodiversity is now a central aim of Scotland’s planning system, Ashley McCann discusses how this might work and the opportunities for landowners.

02 February 2023 | Time to read: 2 mins

Scottish Parliament votes to approve revised draft Fourth National Planning Framework

By Colin Hamilton

The Scottish Parliament voted to approve the revised draft of NPF4 marking significant changes to planning system in Scotland.

28 September 2022 | Time to read: 2 mins

Important changes to planning applications and permissions brought into force

By Colin Hamilton, Sandy Telfer

The Scottish Government has continued its implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, with two instruments that have effect from 1 October 2022.

02 August 2022 | Time to read: 8 mins

Planning for Afforestation

By Sandy Telfer

Many Scottish landowners have sought to add value to unproductive land through afforestation, although what planning is required?

11 July 2022 | Time to read: 3 mins

The draft NPF4 – key considerations for developers

By Keith Emmerson

In March 2022, Project Scotland reported on conflicting responses to the Scottish Government’s draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4).

16 May 2022 | Time to read: 2 mins

Viking Energy | Wind Farm Development

By Amy McDowell, Derek McCulloch, Colin Hamilton, Alan White

We act for Viking Energy Wind Farm LLP in respect of the major wind farm development on mainland Shetland.

04 May 2022 | Time to read: 1 min

Gillespie Macandrew bolsters planning team with the appointment of Sandy Telfer

By Robert Graham-Campbell , Sandy Telfer

Leading Scottish law firm, Gillespie Macandrew announces the appointment of experienced planning lawyer Sandy Telfer to their partnership.

25 March 2022 | Time to read: 1 min

Consultation on draft National Planning Framework 4 ending

By Colin Hamilton

The Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) ends on 31 March 2022. 

17 August 2021 | Time to read: 2 mins

Warning regarding temporary extension of planning permissions

By Colin Hamilton

The Scottish Government introduces emergency legislation which includes temporary changes to the planning system.

27 May 2021 | Time to read: 4 mins

Scottish Planning System – Rural Update

By Colin Hamilton

Scottish Planning System - Rural Update

23 March 2021 | Time to read: 2 mins

Extended Period for Coronavirus Planning Relaxations

By Colin Hamilton

Planning permissions due to expire before 30 September will be extended to 31 March 2022.

02 December 2020 | Time to read: 3 mins

Proposed changes to Scottish Planning Policy – Sustainable Development

By Colin Hamilton

A consultation on proposed amendments to parts of the Scottish Planning Policy that would remove a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

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