Scottish Property Federation

Scottish Government opens consultation on planning system modernisation

Plans for major changes to the Scottish planning system have been published today.

Published 10 January 2017

Commercial property and transport infrastructure on Budget Statement wish list

The Scottish Property Federation (SPF) has called on the Scottish Government to take positive steps to boost commercial property investment to aid economic development.

Published 14 December 2016

Blog: Hitting the ground running - From my first policy board to an increase in Scottish planning fees

Paul Curran details a week which was marked by his first time heading up the Scottish Property Federation policy board and also a significant announcement from the Scottish Government on planning fees.

Published 14 December 2016

Scottish Government proposes ‘substantial’ planning fees increase

The Scottish Government has today opened a consultation on proposals to increase fees and resources for major planning applications.

Published 6 December 2016

Paul Curran to chair Scottish Property Federation

Paul Curran, managing director of Edinburgh-based Quartermile Developments, has been announced as the new chairman of the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).

Published 10 November 2016

Scottish planning system ‘trailing behind rest of UK’

A new report into Scotland’s planning system has found that planning decisions in major cities are lagging behind the rest of the UK in terms of both speed and volume.

Published 25 October 2016

Property sector and government join forces for inaugural Scottish Real Estate Forum

Cabinet secretary for the economy Keith Brown and property developer Chris Stewart will today co-chair the inaugural Scottish Real Estate Forum, established to underline the status of the property sector as a key economic driver.

Published 12 October 2016

Programme for Government 2016-17 – Construction at a glance

After First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government to MSPs at Holyrood yesterday, Scottish Construction Now highlights the details and responses of interest to construction and the wider sector.

Published 7 September 2016

Scottish Property Federation joins call to ‘level playing field’ on business rates

Thirteen of Scotland’s leading business organisations have written a joint letter to the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for finance and the constitution seeking a reversal of the decision to double the Business Rates Large Business Supplement from 1.3p to 2.6p.

Published 7 September 2016

Scottish property industry calls for residential LBTT rates reform

The Scottish Property Federation (SPF) has called for the 5 per cent threshold of residential LBTT to be raised to £500,000 in the light of evidence suggesting a downturn in the value and number of transactions in the first year of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT).

Published 5 September 2016

Continued investment decline fails to dampen Scottish commercial property sales

The value of sales in the Scottish commercial property market has increased by £200 million in the second quarter of 2016 to £819m despite a 13 per cent fall in investment values to £382m, according to new statistics.

Published 9 August 2016

Mixed sector response to decrease in planning decision times

Annual planning decision time statistics published by the Scottish Government have been met with a mixed reaction by the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) and Homes for Scotland (HFS).

Published 21 July 2016

Sector welcomes government ambition for ‘stronger, simpler planning system’

RTPI Scotland and the Scottish Property Federation have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will seek to simplify and strengthen the planning system with a White Paper later this year and a Planning Bill in 2017.

Published 12 July 2016

Rates relief removal takes its toll on Scottish industrial construction sector

Industry bodies have blamed rates relief changes for a 28 year low slump in Scottish industrial construction output.

Published 13 June 2016

Independent review ‘affirms planning’s proactive role in Scotland’

RTPI Scotland has broadly welcomed recommendations made following an independent review of the Scottish planning system.

Published 1 June 2016