Scotland Policy Conferences

Implementing planning reform - funding, coordination and further steps for policy

November 2018

This seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to discuss the implementation of reforms to Scotland’s planning framework and their potential impact on the delivery of infrastructure projects.

With the Planning Bill expected to be at a key stage of debate in the Scottish Parliament - and of its scrutiny by the Local Government and Communities Committee - the conference is bringing together key stakeholders with policymakers to consider the implications of its proposals.

The conference will also be an opportunity to examine what further action might be taken to create the infrastructure first planning system put forward by The Scottish Government - with discussion focusing on proposals to strengthen the National Planning Framework and replace Strategic Development Plans with a wider form of regional partnership working.

Attendees will also examine the challenges for better aligning community and spatial planning - looking at the extent to which the proposed reform of Local Development Plans and the introduction of Local Place Plans are likely to have a significant impact on the involvement of citizens in decisions - and how these policies might interact with the recommended expansion of Simplified Development Zones.

Further sessions will discuss the potential introduction of a new, localised infrastructure levy and how this may affect the planning system moving forward, amid uncertainty around the rate at which it will be set and which organisations will be liable.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates