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Decision times slip for major Scottish applications

Decision times slip for major Scottish applications

The average time taken to reach planning decisions on major schemes in Scotland has gone up by 19 per cent over the past year and is now at its slowest since the start of data collection for this area in 2012/13, latest official statistics reveal.

Plan for more ministerial decision-making dropped by Scottish government

Plan for more ministerial decision-making dropped by Scottish government

The Scottish government has ditched proposals for ministers to take planning decisions more frequently and to introduce fees for lodging appeals, a position statement published today reveals.

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Why Scotland is set to dismantle its system of city-regional planning

Why Scotland is set to dismantle its system of city-regional planning

Plans to axe Scotland's system of city-regional plan-making are contained in a major consultation on changes to the country's planning system.

What forthcoming changes to the EIA process will mean for planners

What forthcoming changes to the EIA process will mean for planners

The Scottish and Welsh governments have launched consultations on plans to bring their systems into line with a new EIA directive, but details on how the rules will change in England remain unclear.

What changes to the Scottish planning system could mean for planners

What changes to the Scottish planning system could mean for planners

A Scottish government-appointed independent panel has called for radical changes to the country's planning system. Mark Wilding examines what the government's response could mean for planners.

How review proposals would shake up planning in Scotland

How review proposals would shake up planning in Scotland

Planning professionals have backed moves for the Scottish Government to set regional housing targets and to establish a statutory national infrastructure agency, but have warned against setting development levies at unsustainable levels.


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