Written submission to the Scottish Palriaments Communities Commitee to support LINKs oral evidence at Stage 1 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.
The Bill contains many useful proposals, but will remain a missed opportunity unless a number of omissions are addressed, in particular: The absence of any opportunity for individuals or communities to challenge the National Planning Framework; The failure to meaningfully address issues surrounding public participation in the planning system, most notably the inability of third … Read More »
This paper represents the views of the LINK members listed below on the design and management of Scotland’s first Coastal and Marine National Park (CMNP). It is intended to contribute to advice to Ministers being developed by SNH by March 2006 in relation to the location, design and management of the first CMNP. Our recommendations … Read More »
At least 85 pieces of legislation and 13 UK and Scottish departments govern the marine environment. As a result, marine regulation is piecemeal and management is: sectoral rather than integrated; reactive rather than planned; driven by short term decisions rather than on a long-term basis and based on resource exploitation rather than limited by the … Read More »
Myth 1: TPRA would add significantly to delays in the planning system Myth 2: TPRA would add to the cost of the planning system Myth 3: TPRA would create a ‘meddler’s charter’ Myth 4: TPRA would be a deterrent to investment in the economy Myth 5: TPRA would undermine local democracy Myth 6: TPRA would … Read More »
Strategic Environmental Assessment is a tool for factoring in environmental consideration at the beginning of the decision making process. Enshrining SEA in primary legislation, fit for Scotland, is a significant step towards factoring the environment into decision making. The introduction and application of Strategic Environmental Assessment should help us avoid many long-term costs of having … Read More »
There is one issue on which we would seek clarification from the Executive. Clause 34(2)(a) appears to us to be drafted somewhat ambiguously; this clause should reflect the current practice of JNCC and the individual nature conservation bodies, such as SNH. We, therefore, seek assurance from the Executive that, while liaison with JNCC and collective … Read More »
LINK welcome this bill as a significant step towards putting the environment at the heart of government and note that it is markedly better than the limited scope for SEA introduced by the Regulations and Directive. In seeking to broaden the application of SEA, we should avoid many of the long-term costs of having to … Read More »
LINK Climate Change Action Plan calls on the Scottish Executive to develop, implement and resource a detailed Scottish Strategy on Climate Change which brings together social, environmental and economic interests to reduce emissions and improve quality of life.
We are concerned that the Act and the intention behind the legislation have been wrongly or too narrowly interpreted. We feel that these areas could lead to misunderstandings in the implementation of the Act, and would like to draw these to the attention of the committee so that they may be placed on public record.Submission … Read More »