RAIL REVIEW, BBC, PLANNING BILL, TRANSPORT IN EDINBURGH, AND MORE PLANNING
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It’s here. After much hype, much anticipation, and much expenditure, the new BBC Scotland channel is now in its second month and the political bubble has been active in debating the good and bad, rights and wrongs, fair and unfair.
Tom Harris is Senior Counsel for Message Matters; a former MP and Transport Minister in the Labour Westminster Government; and member of the Expert Challenge Panel supporting the government's Rail Review
Since 2014, conversations in the property and development sector have centred around the Scottish Government’s vision of creating a "game changing" world class planning system. When the new planning bill was introduced into the Scottish Parliament, over a year ago, many of us hoped it would ultimately reflect this and the aim of enhancing efficiency and improving delivery.
As we begin 2019, I am struck by the number of concurrently running consultations and strategic decision-making processes that will have an impact on the future of mobility and the provision of transport services in Edinburgh and our near neighbours.
A good litmus test of any council’s credentials is to put its planning process under the microscope.
Returning home recently to my family home on the Isle of Arran, and just a few months into my new role as the Transport Systems Catapult’s Director of Engagement for Scotland, I couldn’t help but reflect on how little had changed transport-wise since my days growing up on the island.
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