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S5W-01197: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 4 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that all historic horticultural peat extraction planning consents are reviewed for their acceptability against current policy and legislation.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 20 July 2016

I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-01192 on 20 July 2016, planning applications are determined in accordance with the relevant development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. Scottish Planning Policy (2014) paragraph 248 is clear that the review of mineral permissions every 15 years should be used to apply up-to-date operating and environmental standards. As a statement of ministers’ priorities the content of Scottish Planning Policy is a material consideration that carries significant weight.

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