Planning Bill timeline and key milestones

Published: 25th July 2018

Find out about the key stages in the Scottish Planning Bill - with links to key Scottish Parliament/Government documents

Scottish parliament debating chamber

12 September - the Local Government & Communities Commitee will start to consider Amendments brought forward by MSPs. Daily list of Amendments tabled so far

30 May - Stage 1 debate held. Wild land was referenced by two MSPs in the debate. A transcript of the debate can be read here (scroll down a few items to find this) or watch on Parliament tv

24 May 2018 - Stage 1 Debate to be held at around 2.15pm-5pm. Tickets for the debate can be booked online

17 May 2018 - Stage 1 Report published. Trust welcomes Committee's recommendation that a Purpose for Planning and Equal Rights of Appeal be given further consideration at Stage 2. Parliamentary debate and open period for amendments awaited. 

March 2018 - Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) report highlights the call by the Trust for the planning system to have a specific Purpose that will help secure the protection and enhancement of the natural and cultural environment

21 March 2018 - Stakeholder Panel 4 - the Committe heard evidence from Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, John McNairney, Chief Planner, Andy Kinnaird, Bill Manager, and Norman Macleod, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government. Official report here

14 March 2018 - Stakeholder Panel 3 - the Committee heard evidence from:- Scottish Young Planners Network, Heads of Planning Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Water, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Built Environment Forum Scotland, Scottish Environment LINK. Official report here

7 March 2018 - Local Government & Communities Committee Stakeholder Panel 2 - the Comittee heard evidence from:- Homes for Scotland,  Scottish Renewables, Federation of Master Builders Scotland, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, McCarthy & Stone, RTPI Scotland, Malcolm Fraser Architect, Professor Cliff Hague, Clydeplan. Official report here

28 February 2018 - Local Government & Communities Committee Stakeholder Panel 1 took oral evidence from Planing Democracy; Community Land Scotland; Development Trusts Association Scotland; PAS. Follow links here for papers/report

26 February 2018 - Trust participates in Local Government & Communities Planning Bill discussion in Stirling. Read the summary notes of discussion (see "Visits & Events" section).

21 February 2018 - campaigners call for MSPs to keep it wild - strong show of support for wild land protection as Trust members and supporters gather outside Scottish Parliament. Read more here

5 February 2018 - Trust response to Planning Bill submitted

4 December 2017 - Bill introduced to Parliament

15 December 2017- launch of call for written evidence

2 February 2018 - closing date for submissions in response to call for written evidence

28 February 2018 - oral evidence session (Stakeholder Panel 1)

7 March 2018 - oral evidence session (Stakeholder Panel 2)

14 March 2018 - oral evidence session (Stakeholder Panel 3)

21 March 2018 - oral evidence session (Scottish Government)

Scottish Parliament briefing on the Bill

Scottish Government flowcharts explaining how the Bill proposes to change development planning and the preparation of local development plans

Visit the Scottish Parliament website for more information

Image of Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber courtesy of Scottish Parliament