Date lodged: 4 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it made contact with Aberdeenshire Council in relation to the non-strategic/non-infrastructure planning application by Sandlaw Farming for a housing development in Banchory and whether it considers that this action was appropriate.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 24 August 2016
< >Contact between the Scottish Government and planning authorities is commonplace. In this instance contact was made in connection with a major housing proposal for private rented accommodation to request an update on the planning application and to enquire whether facilitated discussion had any role in the process. In the event, the planning authority were content to progress the application to planning committee and no further discussion took place.