Date lodged: 18 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what role Scottish Natural Heritage has in considering (a) economic development and (b) nature conservation matters when providing advice regarding applications for planning permission.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 16 January 2018
It is the responsibility of the relevant planning authority to take into account any material economic and nature conservation considerations when determining a planning application.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is a statutory consultee under the terms of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008. SNH also provides advice to developers, Planning Authorities and Ministers on the environmental implications of development proposals and applications for planning permission. SNH does not determine planning applications.
SNH exercises its role in accordance with Scottish Planning Policy and the requirements of the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991 and the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, including the balance between social, economic and environmental considerations.