Scottish Planning Fees increase must deliver a better planning service

5 Dec 2016

Policy area: Development

Today’s announcement of a Scottish Government consultation on proposals to increase fees and resources significantly for major planning applications in Scotland is a major turning point for local authority planning services around the country, according to The Scottish Property Federation (SPF).


The SPF welcomes news that the new fees are to remain competitive with like for like charges south of the border. However, as the voice of the Scottish real estate industry, the SPF would have liked to have seen greater certainty that additional resources released by the planning fees would be used for the purposes of improving the planning service in each local authority.


Paul Curran, Chairman of the SPF said:


“It is important that we maintain our competiveness. To grow the economy, we must kick-start more development across the commercial and residential sectors.


“These significantly increased planning fees must lead to a significant improvement in the speed and manner that major applications are dealt with.  The additional resources must be utilised to provide appropriate resources to deliver these critical improvements in the planning service.”


“Modern major development is a very complex business involving a plethora of regulatory requirements, complicated finance and risk.  Currently the development markets in Scotland are seeing low levels of activity across the country as a whole although there are some hot-spots such as Edinburgh’s St Andrew’s Square.”


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Notes to editors


Read the Scottish Government’s consultation here.

About Scottish Property Federation

As a membership organisation the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) is the voice of Scotland’s real estate industry.  Established in 2007, SPF represents 185 organisations operating in Scotland.   We include among our members: property investors including major institutional funds, developers, landlords of commercial and residential property, and professional property consultants and advisers.  The SPF works closely with those who advise and decide on public policy in Scotland to ensure that they are aware of the consequences of their decisions for the property industry and wider economy.  

As part of the British Property Federation we also benefit from close links with the leading UK property companies and investors in the UK as well as the BPF's contacts with Westminster.

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