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GIVE SCOTS MINISTERS DEVELOPMENT POWER

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Scottish ministers should be given the power to intervene where councils fail to deliver up-to-date development pla...
Scottish ministers should be given the power to intervene where councils fail to deliver up-to-date development plans, according to Homes for Scotland.

The body, which represents companies building over 90% of new homes in Scotland, said the Scottish Executive should have reserve powers to secure the modernisation of local plans.

Scottish Executive figures show that 40% of local plans were adopted more than 10 years ago.

However, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities said one reason for delays in the process was the number of appeals against structure plans, many of which came from builders themselves.

'COSLA is working with the executive to speed up the process. We don't need Homes for Scotland getting heavy with councils,' said a spokesman.
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