Planning & Building Standards Working Group

The Planning & Building Standards Working Group, facilitates Industry engagement on key longer term policy topics, within the Planning and Building Standard environment. The group provides a 2-way discussion forum to consider policy changes, industry impacts and cross cutting issues. Often specific pieces of work will be commissioned to  engage industry practitioners, associations and stakeholders  in developing policies, where a cohesive collective voice is more advantageous.



Building Standards – Preparing industry for the Oct 15 Energy Standards changes and developing an action plan, to follow up the recommendations made in the Sullivan Report on developing low carbon standards.


Planning – Developing work to align planning and road consents, to streamline the approval process, working with many interest groups and stakeholders across the industry.  Supporting activity to develop the Places Standard, to streamline and centralise design standards, around place making  



Stewart Dalgarno (Chair, Planning & Building Standards Working Group / Stewart Milne Group)

Sarah Baillie (Anderson Strathern)

Rod Duncan (JM Architects)

Bob Dyer (SECG)

Hew Edgar (RICS Scotland)

Alan Hamilton (Keppie Design)

Peter Marshall (Perth & Kinross Council)

John Paton (Planning Consultant)


Gavin Peart (Building Standards, Scottish Government)

Steven Scott (Building Standards, Scottish Government)

Michael Smart (BAM Construction)

Ewan Wallace (Aberdeenshire Council)

Stuart Watson (Scottish Planning, Scottish Government)

Ben Westland (Construction Scotland Innovation Centre)

David Westwater (Interserve)

Alan Wilson (SELECT)

Are you prepared ? – SAP/SBEM Workshop, Oct 15 Energy Standards

25 May 2015

CS in partnership with CSIC and Scottish Building Standards and in association with HFS & SPF organised two industry workshops on 27 & 28 August at Scottish Enterprise, Edinburgh. These discussed and raised awareness of the new Energy Standards that were implemented in October 15. There was a SAP workshop focused on domestic buildings and a separate workshop for SBEM focused on non-domestic buildings. This modelled building typologies live, with audience participation, so industry became better informed on the emerging construction specification’s to secure compliance and raising any concerns that could be fedback to SBSD.

Stewart Dalgarno
Chair, CS Planning & Building Standards Working Group

Aligning Consents & Places Standard – Open Meeting – 8 July @ The Lighthouse Glasgow

09 Jun 2015

In partnership with ADS and Scottish Planning Directorate, CS hosted an open meeting for industry to hear the latest activity on aligning consents and the development of the places standard. This included research findings, good practice case studies, how things are changing in local authorities, new design proposals and assessments, roads policies and feedback on trials with NHGS Scotland.


The papers and presentations are now available from this session:

Place Standard for Scotland

Aligning consents - summary

Aligning consents - full presentation

National Road Development Guide - presentation

Stewart Dalgarno
Chair, CS Planning & Building Standards Working Group


Useful links


Presentations & Report from SAP / SBEM workshops:



Construction Scotland ILG Low Energy Building Standards Industry Feedback Report


Sullivan Report


Building Standards Energy Changes – Section 6


Planning Directorate – Links to Good Practice Design Guides


Link to Places Standard and Research Findings



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