Trust welcomes Committee report into the Planning (Scotland) Bill

Purpose of Planning and Equal Rights of Appeal to be given further consideration at next stage in the process

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Commenting on the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government & Communities Committee report into the Planning (Scotland) Bill published today, the John Muir Trust has commended the close scrutiny and careful consideration given by MSPs from all parties on the Bill.

Helen McDade, the Trust’s Head of Policy said:- “We’re delighted to note that the Committee has recommended to the Minister that the Bill incorporates a Purpose of Planning, recognising the role this can play in creating high quality places and to protect and enhance the environment and noting the evidence submitted by the Trust in this respect.”

"We also warmly welcome the Committee’s recognition of long-standing calls by communities and campaigners for a fairer planning system that allows for Equal Rights of Appeal, and note the recommendation that the Scottish Government looks again at these issues before Stage 2 of the report.”

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