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Scottish government outlines plan to cap fees at £125,000

Scottish government outlines plan to cap fees at £125,000

The Scottish government has published proposals to increase planning fees for major developments to £125,000 so that the planning system 'moves towards full cost recovery'.

Scottish ministers back hydro power station

Scottish ministers back hydro power station

Scottish ministers have given the green light to a 400MW hydro power station in Dumfries and Galloway, ruling that the proposed facility would help the Scottish government achieve its low carbon objectives.

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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.

Why the SNP may need other parties' support to progress changes

Why the SNP may need other parties' support to progress changes

The Scottish National Party (SNP) must to rely on the support of other parties in the Scottish Assembly to progress planning reforms, observers say.


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