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SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE'S PROPOSALS 'PROVIDE A SOUND FOUNDATION' - COSLA

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Scottish Natural Heritage's proposals on national parks have been welcomed by COSLA. They take account of the conce...
Scottish Natural Heritage's proposals on national parks have been welcomed by COSLA. They take account of the concerns of local authorities and communities and take the whole debate on national parks a stage further says COSLA.

Peter Peacock, who chaired the COSLA task group on national parks, said: 'The proposals put forward by Scottish Natural Heritage are flexible and form a package which, in general terms, councils throughout Scotland will be reassured by.

'It was important that the SNH proposals recognised the fact that local circumstances vary from area to area and this has been reflected in the formal arrangements for planning powers which will continue to rest in the democratic control of councils.

'We are also pleased that in terms of management, 80 per cent of membership will be local. In our submission, we called for 50 per cent of members to be councillors.

'We also welcome the fact that the report recognises the need for new money and the proposal that 75 per cent of funding comes from central government is encouraging.'
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