The next step in the review of the planning system – the Scottish Government’s consultation paper – was eagerly awaited. Now that there has been time to reflect on its contents, here are our comments.
Legislation came into force on 10 February 2017 to establish new controls over betting shops and pay day lenders in Scotland. In essence, any change of use of premises to a bookmakers or a pay day loan shop will now require planning permission. Previously these types of businesses fell within Class 2 of the Use Classes… Read more »
Oil & Gas
“Talking Fracking” is the Scottish Government’s consultation on unconventional oil and gas extraction (website). 31 May is the deadline for responses. It’s an open discussion – the consultation does not set out or advocate a preferred Scottish Government position or policy. The consultation includes coal bed methane, as well as hydraulic facturing (fracking). The Dart Energy CBM… Read more »
Interesting discussion on consenting at the Scottish Renewables Offshore Wind conference. The UK consenting regimes are more flexible than elsewhere in Europe, with the use of the Rochdale envelope, and ability to change. Within the UK, the key difference is the availability of the DCO (Development Consent Order) procedure in England and Wales for 100+MW projects… Read more »