20 January 2017
SCOTLAND - In 2016, following a competitive tender process, PBA was appointed by the Scottish Government to lead a research project to identify and assess the options for the introduction of an infrastructure charging mechanism across Scotland.
Since then, PBA has led a multidisciplinary team comprising Brodies LLP, Cushman & Wakefield and TradeRisks, all leading organisations who are experienced in the field of infrastructure funding delivery and the legal applications of such actions.
In December, the team completed Stages 1 & 2 (Literature & Baseline Review, Consultation and High Level Options) of the research project and identified options for an infrastructure charging mechanism to be applied through the planning system in Scotland.
The full research report has been published on the Scottish Government website: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/infrastructure-charging-mechanism-research-report/.
A 12-week consultation period is now open as the Scottish Government consults on the future of the Scottish planning system: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/01/3486.
Following on from this consultation period, the options identified in Stages 1 and 2 will be narrowed down to a preferred mechanism and this may be carried forward into a Planning Bill expected towards the end of 2017.
We encourage all interested parties to take part in the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system. The deadline for submissions is the 4 April 2017.
For more information about this project, please contact:
Stefano Smith - PBA Planning Director