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Team contacts

Planning and Architecture Division
Chief Planner John McNairney  0131 244 7528
Jen Jackson PA to Chief Planner 0131 244 9191
General Enquiries chief.planner@gov.scot

0131 244 7888

Planning Review 0131 244 5695 / 7538 planningreview@gov.scot
National planning framework 0131 244 7888 NPFTeam@gov.scot
ePlanning 0131 244 1450 eplanning@gov.scot
Development plan gateway 0131 244 7529 / 0626 developmentplans@gov.scot
Planning decisions gateway 0131 244 7072 Planning.Decisions@gov.scot
Scottish awards for quality in planning 0131 244 0902 saqp2015@gov.scot

 

Business Team & eDevelopment
Branch Functions Team

Business Management

Communications - Chief Planner

Engagements - Chief Planner

Events and forums

Finance

Parliamentary/Committee Liaison

Information requests

Graeme Walker (Business Manager)
0131 244 7538

Jonathan Whittlestone (Business Support Manager)
0131 244 7650

(Business Support Officer)
0131 244 7543

Nicole Currie (Business Support Officer)
0131 244 5695

eDevelopment ePlanning/eBuilding Standards Programme

Liz Pringle (ePlanning Programme Manager)
0131 244 7209

Diane Rennie (ePlanning Project Manager)
0131 244 7060

Andy Kinnaird (ePlanning Business Change Manager)
0131 244 7076)

Gordon Gilchrist (ePlanning and eBuilding Standards Operational Manager)
0131 244 0522

Kevin Holmes (ePlanning Testing Manager)
0131 244 7074

Sandra Carey (ePlanning Support Officer & Digital comms)
0131 244 7540

Craig McLachlan (ePlanning Support Officer)
0131 244 0393

Alastair Mitchell (ePlanning Project Support)
0131 244 7550

Planning Performance
Helen Wood Head of Planning Performance 0131 244 7534
Branch Functions Team

Development Management

Legislation change

Planning fees

Legislation links 

Circulars

Enforcement regulations

Advertisement regulations

Planning obligations (S.75)

Permitted development

Appeals and local review bodies

Delegation and councillor involvement

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Cara Davidson (Team & Policy Manager)
0131 244 0928

Alan Cameron (Policy Manager - Legislation)
0131 244 7065

David Reekie (Policy Manager - Planning Obligations & Enforcement)
0131 244 7825

Lorna Aird (Policy Officer)
0131 244 7975

 

Planning Improvement

Planning Performance Framework assessment and feedback

High level performance group

Improvement projects

Planning statistics

Digital Strategy and Digital Action Plan

Digital Engagement

Suzanne Stephen  (Principal Planner)
0131 244 7148

Marie Ferguson (Policy Officer)
0131 244 7067

Chris Sinclair (Deputy Project Manager)
0131 244 7752

Nicola Pringle (Digital Engagement Manager)
0131 244 7358

Planning Decisions

Planner’s assessment of casework

EIA casework

Overview of development sites

Advice to Ministers

Administration

Rosie Leven (Principal Planner)
0131 244 1538

Jane Smith (Senior Planner)
0131 244 7530

Grainne Lennon (Senior Planner)
0131 244 5902

Lyndsey Murray (Planning Decisions Manager)
0131 244 7070

Iain McLeod (Assistant Planning Decisions Manager)
0131 244 7806

Marion Hunt (Planning Decisions Officer)
0131 244 7072

Alex Kerr (Planning Decisions Administrator)
0131 244 7073

Planning Policy and Assessment
Fiona Simpson Head of Planning Policy and Assessment 0131 244 7547
Branch Functions Team
Planning Policy

National Planning Framework overview and Action Programme Implementation

Promoting rural development

Supporting business and employment

Heat and electricity (Renewable/non-renewable energy not coal or unconventional oil and gas)

Planning for zero waste

Valuing the natural environment (Not Green Infrastructure)

Managing flood risk

Permitted Development Rights for air source heat pumps and solar panels

Section 72 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009/Section 3F of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 Reporting

Simon Bonsall (Principal Planner)
0131 244 7546

Michael Westwater (Senior Planner)
0131 244 5906

Campbell Gerrard (Senior Planner)
0131 244 7532

Ian Black (Senior Planner)
0131 244 5900

Lorna Aird (Policy Officer)
0131 244 7975

 

Development Planning

Development Plan Gateway: processing plans and associated documents to implement NPF3 and SPP

Development plan advice & improvement: general enquiries, timescales, action programmes, community planning & SDP actions

Stakeholder liaison – DP forum, HoPS, SDP managers, DP teams

Development planning, ,infrastructure and transport

Development planning and housing

Carrie Thomson (Principal Planner)
0131 244 7529

Robin Campbell (Senior Planner)
0131 244 0626

Simon Pallant  (Senior Planner)
0131 244 7761

Melissa Shields (Gateway and Casework Officer)
0131 244 9571

Special Projects

Coal restoration

Unconventional oil and gas

 

Ian Mitchell (Senior Policy Officer)
0131 244 7705

Environmental Assessment

Environmental Impacts – Noise, air quality, contaminated land etc

SEA and HRA technical advice and assessments

Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) policy

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) policy (including management of the SEA Gateway)

Lewis Hurley (SEA Specialist)
0131 244 7710

William Carlin (SEA Gateway Manager)
0131 244 5094

Jamie Byfield (SEA Technical Officer)
0131 244 4077

Elaine McCall (SEA Technical Support Officer)
0131 244 1704

Melissa Shields (Gateway and Casework Officer)
0131 244 9571

Architecture and Place
Ian Gilzean (Head of Architecture and Place) 0131 244 7483
Branch Functions Team
Urban Design and Placemaking

Placemaking and design

Masterplanning and green infrastructure

Design skills and mapping

Charrettes and community engagement

Planning Aid sponsorship

Town centres review

Stalled sites and creative solutions to development delivery

Housing policy

Regeneration

Historic environment

Climate change in the built environment

Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning

Susie Stirling (Principal Planner)
0131 244 0902

Stuart Watson (Senior Architect)
0131 244 7077

Graham Robinson (Policy Manager)
0131 244 7063

Anne Grove (Senior Planner)
0131 244 5919

Kristen Anderson (Senior Planner)
0131 244 7091

Architecture and Delivery

Architecture policy

2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture, Design

Sponsorship of Architecture + Design Scotland

Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative

Creating Places policy

Charrette mainstreaming programme

Scenic Routes Initiative

Promotion and advocacy

Development delivery

Sandy Robinson (Principal Architect)
0131 244 7446

Les Scott (Senior Architect)
0131 244 7462

Kathleen Marshall (Policy Manager)
0131 244 7066

Jamie Combe (Finance and
Business Support Officer)
0131 244 7461