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POLLUTED LAND LIST PLAN MAY BE SCRAPPED

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The government is ready to abandon its controversial plans to set up registers of land which may be contaminated, t...
The government is ready to abandon its controversial plans to set up registers of land which may be contaminated, the Scotsman reports (p5).

Ministers are considering a U turn after two consultation periods in which they were told that the lists, to be drawn up by councils, would cause blight on thousands of acres and hit land and property values.

The move will outrage environmental organisations which claim the DoE and Scottish Office are bowing to pressure from vested interest groups, principally builders and lenders, the Scotsman says.

A final decision is expected in the next two weeks, although the government yesterday refused to confirm or deny reports it was to scrap the registers.
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