The much debated Planning Bill officially became the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 on 25 July 2019 when it received Royal Assent.
The Act includes new requirements for statutory guidance relating to a wide range of matters including regional planning, engagement, development management and the role of the chief planning officer. Reviews of Permitted Development Rights as well as the Use Classes Order are also anticipated. Secondary legislation will be required to implement the Act and fill in the details and Scotland’s Chief Planner John McNairney has suggested that it will take approximately 2 years to formulate the statutory guidance and publish the suite of new regulations to bring the Act into effect. A timetable for the work programme is expected to be published in September.
Planning (Scotland) Act 2019