Planning Law for Heritage and the Arts – A Survival Guide

Registration: 13:00 | Event 13:00 - 15:30


Online Event

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Operations and development managers in the Arts and Heritage sector work within increasingly complex regulations, including the planning regime. Planning law governs how land and buildings are used and can be crucial to delivering cultural objectives and securing funding. However, it is seldom paid attention until a problem arises.

Did you know that…

…   using one space for different purposes may require multiple planning permissions? 

…   you must adhere to any restrictions a planning permission imposes or face sanctions?

…   you could be liable for a previous owner’s breach of listed building control?

…   regulations can restrict advertisement even within your own premises?

…   enforcement action can be brought against someone without day-to-day control of the land?

Planning is also undergoing significant reform, with emergency Covid-19 measures in place while wider reform continues apace. Staying on top of what is required is difficult but more important than ever. Planning breaches can be serious, and some are even criminal offences. Authorities have broad powers and can require venues to close or carry out (and pay for) remedial works. Planning applications and enforcements appear on public records and involve public relations risks as well.

This session aims to identify potential planning pitfalls and how to deal with them. It will give you an understanding of the key concepts underpinning the Scottish planning system, including:

  • what needs consent – physical development and different uses of land and buildings;
  • who makes the decisions – Council planning departments, elected officials, statutory consultees;
  • how planning decisions are made – policy and how the rules apply to you.


This training and knowledge sharing event will illustrate how an Arts and Heritage development is regulated in practice and review the consequences of breaching planning controls. Topical issues and upcoming reforms will also be covered, alongside questions and comments from delegates throughout the session.

"Really useful, definitely give it a go!" University of Edinburgh

"Very useful for non-planners who are required to apply for planning permissions related to heritage buildings or who are statutory consultees." New Lanark Trust

"Both informative and helpful." Bellfield

"Great that it was a small workshop rather than large webinar. A lot of detail and mind was full at the end." Edinburgh International Festival


About the trainer

Jacqueline Cook

Director- Head of Planning Law, Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP

Jackie acts for a wide range of clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious planning law, including consenting strategy, statutory and commercial contracts, Environmental Impact Assessment, appeals and judicial review. She started her career in London and moved to Scotland in 2008, practising under the Town and Country Planning and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project regimes across all UK planning jurisdictions.  

She has advised on infrastructure from wind farms in the north (Mossy Hill in Shetland) to sewers in the south (Thames Tideway Tunnel), with other energy, waste and road projects in many places in between. She has extensive experience in the residential sector (market, affordable, student and specialist accommodation) and on commercial, retail, leisure and mixed-use developments (Kings Stables Road in Edinburgh and the Wavegarden surf park in Ratho). She has also worked on landmark heritage assets such as the Royal Festival Hall.

Jackie is dual qualified in Scotland and England/Wales and has a special interest in comparative public law. She speaks at events and publishes on planning law and policy, including regularly contributing to the Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Journal.



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