PBA to advise on options for an infrastructure levy across Scotland

PBA to advise on options for an infrastructure levy across Scotland

29 September 2016

SCOTLAND – PBA has been 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.

“Sustainable economic growth and housing delivery are key priorities for the Scottish Government,” commented Stefano Smith, Director of Planning and PBA Project Lead. The Scottish planning system is currently under review. The report of the Panel appointed by Scottish Ministers to review the system – ‘Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places’ (31 May 2016) – clearly states that, “Our review has concluded that linking infrastructure with planning development is the most significant challenge for the Scottish planning system at this time.” This research project will focus on the options for an infrastructure charging mechanism to be applied through the planning system in Scotland.

The findings from PBA’s research will be used to inform the development of a white paper to be published at the end of the year. Following the consultation period, it is expected that PBA will provide more detailed advice on technical options which could be taken forward in future planning legislation. Keith Mitchell, PBA Chairman, commented, “PBA is delighted to have been selected to support the Scottish Government in this important area of research. We believe that our sound knowledge base and deep understanding of the planning and infrastructure delivery issues in Scotland, combined with our wider experience of infrastructure funding in England from both the public and private sector perspective, provides us with valuable insights into the complexities and challenges of this work. This appointment places us at the centre of the discussion on infrastructure funding in Scotland and at the cutting edge of infrastructure funding across the UK.”

PBA will be leading a multi-disciplinary team comprised of 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. Neil Collar, Head of Planning Law at Brodies LLP said: “I’m delighted to be involved in this research, which is an opportunity to use my legal knowledge and practical experience to assist the research team in assessing the options for an infrastructure charging mechanism.”