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:
'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.'
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 The draft guidance will be an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.