LINK briefing for Stage 3 of the Planning (Scotland) Bill. This briefing sets out LINK Planning Group views with respect to the amendments required to ensure that the Planning Bill delivers and inclusive, sustainable plan-led approach in Scotland. June 2019.
The LINK Planning Group has prepared its briefing for the Stage 1 Debate on the Planning (Scotland) Bill taking place on 29 May 2018. The full briefing can be accessed here.
Scottish Environment LINK members have prepared a Stage 1 Briefing on the Planning Bill. This can be accessed here.
On 19 March, the Minister for Local Government and Housing sent a letter to Bob Doris MSP, Convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee on the issue of Equal Rights of Appeal in response to the oral evidence that had been provided to the Committee in the context of its ongoing scrutiny of the Planning … Read More »
A briefing by Scottish Environment LINK’s Planning Group for Members’ Business S5M-10364, in the name of Monica Lennon MSP, on ‘Incinerators, Public Health and Planning in Scotland’, 14 March 2018
The Planning Task Force welcome the news that there is to be a root and branch planning review. We understand that the independent planning review panel will meet for the first time on the 13th October 2015. This briefing sets out a number of elements that we think must be incorporated into the scope of … Read More »
LINK broadly supports both consultation documents on SPP and NPF3. The SPP should require planning authorities to give significant weight to SNH’s Strategic Locational Guidance for Onshore Wind when making planning decisions. The new SPP should make it clear that unconventional gas extraction projects should not be consented unless environmental, health and climate concerns can … Read More »
LINK written evidence to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee covering planning; regeneration; local government, sustainability and Scotland’s environment.
Scottish Environment LINK Planning Task Force is concerned that the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill, as it currently stands, will not deliver the objective of greater public involvement and confidence in the planning process. There are amendments being proposed at Stage 3 that could rectify this. This legislation offers a rare opportunity to set the framework … Read More »
Comments on the proposed updating of National Scenic Areas, through amendment of the Planning, etc (Scotland) Bill. Many of the critical land use changes which can affect landscape do not require planning permission. It is essential, therefore, to achieve the stated aims of NSAs, that an integrated management approach is taken which includes consideration of … Read More »
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Members of Scottish Environment LINK’s Planning Group have submitted evidence on the proposed Planning Bill to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee. Read our full submission here.
LINK members welcome the opportunity to provide evidence to the Finance and Constitution Committee on the Planning Bill (hereinafter referred to as the Bill). Overall, LINK members wish to highlight the need for: Planning to have an overarching purpose of achieving sustainable development Greater ownership of planning, particularly the National Planning Framework by Scottish Parliament … Read More »
LINK Planning Group’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of the planning system. April 2017
LINK’s Planning Group responds to Scottish Government’s “Planning Delivery Advice: Housing and Infrastructure” draft advice. Housing and Infrastructure Draft Planning Advice_LINK Response
LINK Planning Group’s response to a questionnaire from Bidwells carrying out research on Permitted Development Rights and Planning Guidance for electronic communications infrastructure. 26 February 2016.
LINK response to Independent Planning Review
LINK Planning taskforce response to the Scottish Government consultation on Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Development by Telecommunications Code Operators, April 2014. ScotGov telecoms PD response
LINK response to the Department of Energy and Climate Change consultation on Strategic Environmental Assessment for Further Onshore Oil & Gas Licensing 27 March 2014. LINK response to DECC consultation March 2014
Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the Scottish Government consultation on the effective regulation of opencast coal. The liquidation of two of the major mining industry operators in 2013 highlighted a massive regulatory and market failure, one of the worst seen in Scotland in recent times. There needs to be an urgent and significant move away from … Read More »
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Ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Planning (Scotland) Bill (Tuesday 29 May, 14.20), Scottish Environment LINK members welcomed interventions by MSPs in support of reforming our planning system so that it empowers communities and delivers for our environment. “At a time when the Government’s own research concluded that there is ‘a lack of … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK members warmly welcome the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has today set out its recommendations to strengthen the Scottish Government’s Planning (Scotland) Bill. Planning influences and regulates the use of land and as such can have huge environmental consequences and drive sustainable development. Scottish Environment LINK members and their supporters … Read More »
Media release by LINK Planning Taskforce
Following today’s emergency meeting of Aberdeenshire Council, fourteen of Scotland’s top environmental organisations, all members of Scottish Environment LINK, have sent a joint letter to John Swinney MSP raising profound concerns about the integrity of planning process provoked by the Donald Trump’s proposed golf development in Scotland…
MSPs have been warned not to push through planning reforms that could actually threaten the environment and erode public confidence in the system…
New maps produced by Scottish Environment LINK demonstrate the alarming implications of the Scottish Executive’s planning reforms for the first time. The maps reveal which areas of Scotland could be in line for major developments, including nuclear waste dumps, waste incinerators, nuclear power stations, landfill sites, prisons and electricity transmission lines if amendments to the … Read More »
Local communities have, yet again, had their requests for real rights denied by the majority of the Scottish Parliament’s communities committee. The Stage 1 report published today concludes that a majority of the committee do not see any need for communities, local authorities or individuals to have the right to participate in a formal examination … Read More »
Discussion Paper on National Planning Framework 2 Scottish Environment LINK believes that all land use planning policy and decisions, including NPF 2, must be based upon the following principles…
Future National Developments for Scotland, 2008 to 2020 Advance information for communities. This map is an indicative preview, produced by Scottish Environment LINK, showing the possible contents of the Scottish Executive’s next National Planning Framework (NPF). The NPF is a powerful new statutory framework-plan for Scotland, to be consulted on in 2008, and will determine … Read More »
The Town and Country Planning system plays a key role in protecting and enhancing our natural, cultural and built heritage. However, experience of working with the planning system leads us to believe that unless specific changes are made to the existing planning system it will increasingly fail to deliver for Scottish people and their environment. … Read More »
In LINK’s energy policy statement and in the evidence LINK submitted to the parliamentary inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland we highlighted our concerns and sought action from the Scottish Executive. The 13 key points arising from these papers and based on the experience of LINK member organisations are given.