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Published: 14th November 2018

Thank you for asking MSPs to support amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill.

Stage 2 of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government & Communities Committee consideration of the Planning Bill has just been completed. During this time MSPs discussed and voted for or against amendments (changes) that were proposed by MSPs from all political parties.

During this phase we were very encouraged that an amendment that would give better protection for wild land was lodged by Alex Cole-Hamilton, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western (amendment #322). The amendment would have given wild land areas similar status to National Scenic Areas. Many other amendments were put forward by MSPs, including some key environmental ones. Changes were also proposed that would give communities and environmental campaigners similar rights to developers to challenge planning decisions, by introducing an Equal (or Community) Right of Appeal. We are grateful to everyone who contacted their MSPs to ask them to support these amendments. The amendments we asked you to highlight to your MSPs, and the outcome, were:-

  • Amendment #322 - to improve protection for Scotland’s Wild Land. This amendment was discussed by the Committee on Wed 14 Nov but was voted against.
  • Amendments #59 and #60 – to create a level playing field in planning so that communities have similar rights to developers to challenge planning decisions. These amendments were discussed by the Committee on 7 Nov and voted against. There was, however, strong committee support for further consideration at Stage 3 of the Bill.
  • Amendment #165 - to tighten control over the construction of damaging vehicle tracks in the Scottish uplands.  The amendment was discussed by the Committee on 31/10/18 and voted against, by 5 to 2.

Click here for the official reports of the meetings for transcripts of the Committee's discussion and to see how the Committee voted on each amendment.

Next steps

The Bill now moves to Stage 3, when the full Parliament will consider further amendments put forward and also hold a debate. More information about this and how you can help coming soon! 

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