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Scottish Government considers new planning principle

Mon 4th November 2013, 3:34 pm

A presumption in favour of sustainable development could find its way into Scottish planning law, according to a consultation by the Scottish Government,

The consultation suggests the presumption should replace the previously suggested principle of “sustainable economic growth".

The document says: "...the planning system should contribute to economically, environmentally and socially sustainable places by enabling development that balances the costs and benefits of a proposal over the longer term.

"The aim is to achieve the right development in the right place, it is not to allow development at any cost."

The document is part of a series of consultations the Scottish Government is conducting on the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP).

The SPP would create a new set of principles and guidelines on how local authorities should decide on planning applications.

On 13 June 2013, six Scottish cities attended the first ever Sitematch Scotland to discuss development and regeneration with developers during speed-dating style meetings. 

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