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SCOTTISH COUNCILS FAILING TO CRACK DOWN ON PLANNING ABUSES

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Scottish councils are failing to crack down on abuses of the planning system, Scotland on Sunday (p5) reported. ...
Scottish councils are failing to crack down on abuses of the planning system, Scotland on Sunday (p5) reported.

A Scottish Office study has revealed that planning enforcement officers have complained that their own councils often fail to take action over breaches of planning rules because they want to avoid the expense or political problems. Builders and property owners are often getting away with illegal construction projects, the paper reported.

Derek Henderson, senior planning enforcement officer at Edinburgh Council, said the current law allows people to continue using their illegal take-away food business or building extension if they appeal against an enforcement notice. It can take two years before an appeal can be heard.

The report calls for fines to imposed on people who abuse the appeals system.
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