Planning, Development and Regeneration - Scotland

The planning system in Scotland is principally governed by the Town and Country Planning Act (Scotland) 1997, as amended by the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006.

National planning policy is set out in the National Planning Framework for Scotland and a series of subject specific Scottish Planning Policies (SPP).   Planning Advice Notes (PAN) provide advice and information on technical planning matters and Circulars provide guidance on policy implementation through legislative or procedural change.

Under the 2006 Act the 32 Scottish Planning Authorities and 2 National Park Authorities have responsibility for preparing Local and Strategic Development Plans, which aim to direct development and inform development management decisions on planning applications.

The Development Group

The Development Group incorporates all of these disciplines into a fast expanding and highly regarded team working on a number of projects across Scotland ranging from residential schemes to retail and commercial proposals.

We act across numerous sectors and transcend opportunities within both the private, public and third sectors - bringing about the best results for our clients.

GL Hearn’s ability to advise on all aspects of the development process is highly regarded and we are currently advising across the whole of Scotland making us one of the top and most reliable consultancies.

Our success demonstrates that providing a combined approach to delivery yields maximum commercial return for our clients. We operate our Development Group out of London, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh – offering a UK-wide service and work regularly with our colleagues to achieve the best results for our clients.

In Scotland we have a number of clients including M&G Real Estate, NewRiver Retail and Edinburgh House.  We aim to grow our client base over the next few years across Scotland and have recently recruited Steve McGavin to Head up our development team.  Steve joins an already strong team.  As part of the Capita Real Estate team the Scottish team will be able to provide a comprehensive service tailored specifically to the needs of our client.


  • Retail and Mixed Use
  • Residential
  • Leisure, Sport and Recreation
  • Industrial and Commercial
  • Education
  • Health
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Environmental
  • Commercial


  • Planning Applications: Pre-application discussion, planning application submission and negotiations, project management of the planning process and S75 negotiations
  • Development Plans: Advice and representations to all stages of the LDP process
  • Public Engagement: Statutory public consultation and engagement with the community
  • Project Management: Confidently manage large, complex projects from beginning to end; whilst bringing out the best from the accompanying team.
  • Expert Witness: Presentation to hearings and inquiries
  • Regeneration and Development: Examples of SM and SC with Edinburgh and Brent Cross respectively
  • Listed Buildings, Heritage and Historical/Heritage
  • Environmental: Environmental Impact Assessments and Evidence Papers
  • Retail: Retail Impact Assessments, Retail Planning Advice, Sequential Analysis and Town Centre Health Checks/Surveys



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