There have been many references and items in the media and professional updates to the abolition of the Regional Spatial Strategy, changes to Infrastructure Planning Committee and references to the Community Infrastructure Levy, among others. Such items appear to relate to the UK as a whole but in fact relate only to England and Wales; Northern Ireland and Scotland having their own planning systems. Town and country planning powers were devolved to the Scottish Parliament in 1998.
Therefore, although there are similarities among the planning systems and English case law may be relied upon in Scottish planning cases, not only is the primary and secondary legislation different but there is a substantial body of Scottish case law. The differences are significant and specialist advice from experts in Scottish planning law is essential when dealing with any development of land in Scotland. For further information contact Lee Murphy.