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Minister confirms Scottish councils' new planning powers over short-term lets

Minister confirms Scottish councils' new planning powers over short-term lets

Scottish local authorities will be given powers to designate zones where planning permission will be required for a change of use to enable homes to be used for short-term lets, the country's housing minister has confirmed.

Green light for 3,000-home scheme despite exceeding local plan site target

Green light for 3,000-home scheme despite exceeding local plan site target

Plans have been approved for more than 3,000 homes on a largely greenfield site, despite the scheme including over 500 housing units more than the allocation in the council's local plan.

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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.