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Chamber and committees

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee


Meeting Minutes

6th Meeting, 2021

  • Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
  • Session: 6
  • Location: T4.60-CR6 The Livingstone Room
  • Meeting opened at: 09:02
  • Meeting closed at: 11:53
  • Published: Friday, October 1, 2021 04:17pm

Committee Members Attendees


1 Decision on taking business in private:

The Committee agreed to take items 11 and 12 in private.


2 Local Government, Housing and Planning:

The Committee took evidence from—

Craig McLaren, Director of Scotland, Ireland and English Regions, Royal Town Planning Institute ;

Clare Symonds, Chair, Planning Democracy ;

Stacey Dingwall, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations ;

Callum Chomczuk , National Director, Chartered Institute of Housing ;

Ellinore Folkesson, National Chair, Living Rent ;

Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland;

Tony Cain , Policy Manager, ALACHO.

The following interests were declared—

Meghan Gallacher declared an interest as a councillor in North Lanarkshire Council.

Elena Whitham declared an interest as a councillor in East Ayrshire Council.

Paul McLennan declared an interest as a councillor in East Lothian Council.

 


3 Subordinate legislation:

The Committee took evidence on electoral arrangement regulations from—
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for COVID Recovery, Maria McCann,Head of Elections Team, Kenny Pentland,Senior Policy Officer, Elections. and Craig McGuffie,Lawyer, Scottish Government .

 


4 Subordinate legislation:

John Swinney (Deputy First Minister) moved—

S6M-00961—That the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee recommends that the Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021 [draft] be approved.

The motion was agreed to.  


5 Subordinate legislation:

John Swinney (Deputy First Minister) moved—

S6M-00960—That the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee recommends that the Orkney Islands (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021 [draft] be approved.

The motion was agreed to.  


6 Subordinate legislation:

John Swinney (Deputy First Minister) moved—

S6M-00959—That the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee recommends that the Shetland Islands (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021 [draft] be approved.

The motion was agreed to.  


7 Subordinate legislation:

John Swinney (Deputy First Minister) moved—

S6M-00974—That the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee recommends that the Highland (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021 [draft] be approved.

The motion was disagreed to (by division: For 0, Against 7, Abstentions 0).


8 Subordinate legislation:

John Swinney (Deputy First Minister) moved—

S6M-00973—That the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee recommends that the Argyll and Bute (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021 [draft] be approved.

The motion was disagreed to (by division: For 0, Against 7, Abstentions 0).


9 Subordinate legislation:

John Swinney (Deputy First Minister) moved—

S6M-00975—That the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee recommends that the North Ayrshire (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021 [draft] be approved.

The motion was agreed to.  


10 Subordinate legislation:

The Committee considered the following negative instruments—

Town and Country Planning (Miscellaneous Temporary Modifications) (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2021

Town and Country Planning (Cairnryan Border Control Posts) (EU Exit) (Scotland) Special Development Amendment Order 2021


The Committee agreed to make no recommendations in relation to the instruments.


11 Local Government, Housing and Planning (in private):

The Committee considered evidence heard earlier in the meeting. 


12 Subordinate Legislation (in private):

The Committee considered evidence heard earlier in the meeting.


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