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Billionaire couple launch judicial review over environmental impacts of spaceport plan

Billionaire couple launch judicial review over environmental impacts of spaceport plan

Scotland’s largest private landowners are seeking to challenge the planning permission for a new £17.3 million rocket spaceport, which was granted consent in an area of protected peatland in the northwest Highlands.

New RTPI ‘toolkit’ aims to help practitioners 'holistically' assess long-term benefits of planning

New RTPI ‘toolkit’ aims to help practitioners 'holistically' assess long-term benefits of planning

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has produced a new methodology that it says would allow local authorities to take a more "holistic" and long-term approach to measuring the impact of planning.

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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.