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BETTER PLANNING ENFORCEMENT THE KEY TO COMMUNITY PROTECTION - SCOTTISH MINISTER

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Developers who fail to meet planning conditions should be subjected to ...
Developers who fail to meet planning conditions should be subjected to

rigorous enforcement measures, Scottish planning minister Calum MacDonald said today.

Announcing the publication of draft best practice guidance on the

enforcement of planning controls, Mr MacDonald said:

'Enforcing planning controls is vital to the protection and enhancement of our communities and the environment. Through partnership we hope to achieve a planning system which is sensitive to the interests of both.

'We all have a right to expect the planning system to be administered

effectively and efficiently and the good practice guide will help

planning authorities properly fulfil their responsibilities and let

developers know exactly what is expected of them.

'This has particular relevance to the new opencast coal proposals which stress that operators' failure to comply with conditions should lead to enforcement measures by the relevant planning authority as early as possible. Local communities are entitled to expect robust

action when any developer does not observe their obligations, regardless of the type of development taking place.'

NOTES

1.A draft Circular and Planning Advice Note (PAN) on planning enforcement have been published today. These have been prepared in response to some of the principle findings of the research report Review of Planning Enforcement published by The Scottish Office in 1997.

2.Planning legislation provides a range of powers for enforcing planning controls and primary responsibility for exercising these

powers rests with planning authorities. The draft guidance will be an

important element in monitoring the planning system and providing

planning authorities with improved advice on the fuller use of enforcement powers.

3.The draft Circular and PAN will be issued for consultation to planning authorities, professional advisers and other interested parties for a period of two months, following which the final versions will be published.

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