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Scottish Government moves to allow permissions to extend during coronavirus crisis

Scottish Government moves to allow permissions to extend during coronavirus crisis

The Scottish Government has introduced emergency legislation to allow planning permissions that would otherwise lapse during the coronavirus crisis to be extended by a year.

Scottish government tells planning authorities to relax restrictions on retailers to help ease coronavirus crisis

Scottish government tells planning authorities to relax restrictions on retailers to help ease coronavirus crisis

Planners should "take a positive approach" in allowing retailers to work around planning restrictions on delivery and opening times for their stores in the face of "exceptional challenges" arising from the coronavirus pandemic, Scottish Government advice has said.

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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.