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Scottish government pledges to use permitted development to tackle climate change

Scottish government pledges to use permitted development to tackle climate change

The Scottish government has said it is to introduce permitted development rights for schemes which help tackle global warming, as part of its plans to "accelerate" a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Government officials have 'examined feasibility of bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland'

Government officials have 'examined feasibility of bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland'

Civil servants have explored the feasibility of constructing a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland after the idea was floated by Boris Johnson before he became Prime Minister, according to reports.

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How the Scottish Planning Bill has changed

How the Scottish Planning Bill has changed

The Scottish government has made a series of amendments aiming to rescue its troubled planning bill, which observers say are likely to allow the legislation to progress.

Why the Scottish Planning Bill is in crisis

Why the Scottish Planning Bill is in crisis

Hundreds of changes to Scotland's flagship planning bill have dismayed both planners and developers and now the legislation's future is in question. But opposition politicians may be willing to help rescue it, Planning has discovered.

How we did it: Conducting a survey for a marine plan

How we did it: Conducting a survey for a marine plan

An online mapping tool contributed to the success of this award-winning Scottish marine survey, David Dewar reports.

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.