15 October 2018
We are attending a Scotland Policy Conferences seminar to discuss reforming the country’s planning framework and the ramifications on delivering infrastructure works. The event will be hosted at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 23rd October.
WYG Planning Director Stefano Smith will join an expert panel to discuss strategic approaches and potential implications of introducing a new local infrastructure levy, plus its effects on the planning system. With the Scottish Government’s Planning Bill expected to introduce provisions for secondary legislation in relation to that levy, Stefano will examine key policy considerations, including which organisations will be liable for paying it.
He will also discuss how policymakers can ensure that the levy doesn’t deter infrastructure delivery, in addition to steps for ensuring adequate resources for the planning system to finance major infrastructure projects. With the right mechanisms, he says infrastructure could be funded to then potentially unlock and accelerate wider and stalled development.
Stefano said new thinking on infrastructure funding to support development is urgently needed: “I want to see planning regain confidence in infrastructure delivery. Planning is not realising its potential to identify, co-ordinate, and deliver infrastructure required to enable development. Infrastructure investment should be proactively managed and directed towards areas of growth. I believe this will significantly increase housing delivery.”
The conference, entitled ‘Implementing planning reform – funding, coordination and further steps for policy,’ will gather both key stakeholders and policymakers to further examine ways to strengthen the National Planning Framework and replace Strategic Development Plans with wider regional partnership working. They will also discuss how to better align community and spatial planning.
To learn more about the event, please visit the Scotland Policy Conferences event page.