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NEW PLANNING RULES FOR SCOTTISH MINERAL WORKINGS APPROVED

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Hansard 14 Dec: Column 1201 ...
Hansard 14 Dec: Column 1201

The house of lords yesterday approved the Town and Country Planning (Minerals) (Scotland) Regulations 1998, updating existing regulations dating from 1971. Equivalent regulations are already in force in England and Wales.

Their purpose is to prescribe how the relevant provisions of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, relating to the use of land, apply to mining operations.

The peers also approved the Town and Country Planning (Compensation for Restrictions on Mineral Working and Mineral Waste Depositing)(Scotland) Regulations 1998. These update the compensation arrangements which apply when a planning authority exercises its powers to revoke, modify, suspend, prohibit or discontinue mineral working. The arrangements in the existing 1987 regulations are inconsistent with those which apply under a scheme originally introduced by the Environment Act 1995 for the periodic review and updating of old mineral permissions.
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