Date lodged: 18 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what role VisitScotland has in considering (a) economic development and (b) nature conservation matters when providing advice regarding applications for planning permission.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 11 January 2018
It is the responsibility of the relevant planning authority to take into account economic and nature conservation matters when determining a planning application.
VisitScotland is not a statutory consultee and is not therefore required to be consulted by a planning authority in determining any application for planning consent. It is however open to any individual or organisation to make comments on any particular planning application and, where these raise material planning considerations, the planning authority should take these into account in their consideration of the application.