Coronavirus: handling of planning conditions for retail deliveries and store opening times: Scottish Chief Planner Letter

A letter issued by the Scottish Chief Planner outlines measures for the relaxation of the enforcement of conditions relating to retail distribution in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The letter confirms that planning authorities should take a positive approach to their engagement with food retailers and distributors, as well as the freight industry, to ensure planning controls are not a hard barrier to the delivery of food over the period of the coronavirus. It states that given the exceptional challenges facing the country from the coronavirus however, it is vital that deliveries of food and other essential products over the coming weeks can be made as quickly and safely as possible, minimising disruption to the supply chains on which our communities depend. The likely pressures on driver capacity mean additional flexibility is needed so that retailers can accept deliveries throughout the day and night where necessary.

Date: March 2020

Author: Scottish Government

This item updates DCP section 13.14

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