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 »
LINK remains concerned about the National Planning Framework (NPF), sustainable development and lack of meaningful public participation…
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 »
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 »
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 »
LINK Planning taskforce response to the Scottish Government consultation on the draft Scottish Planning Policy: Sustainability and Planning. 16 December 2013. LINKSPPresponseDec2013
LINK’s Planning Task Force written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs Climate Change & Environment Committee’s scrutiny of the proposed Third National Planning Framework for Scotland – Delivery for Climate Change and a Sustainable Rural Scotland, 23 January 2014 RACCEwrittenevidenceLINKJan14
Response to the National Planning Framework Main Issues Report and the Scottish Planning Policy consultation draft compiled by the Planning taskforce and supported by 13 member bodies.
LINK members are broadly supportive of Government objectives to simplify the planning system but believe the proposed changes outlined in this consultation will not fully address our concerns, nor support Scottish Government responsibilities towards caring for and protecting both the natural and historic environment. Hill tracks play an important role in modern land management; however … Read More »
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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.