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27/08/2019

New Scottish planning legislation costs could reach £59m

Words: Laura Edgar
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RTPI Scotland has called for an ‘urgent debate’ about how planning departments are funded after it found the Planning (Scotland) Act could cost them up to £59 million over the next 10 years to undertake the duties it contains.

According to the institute, the act, which received Royal Assent in July, has outlined 49 new and unfunded duties on planning authorities. It estimates that this could cost between £12.2 million and £59.1 million.

Planning departments are already under severe financial pressures, said RTPI Scotland, as they have lost a quarter of staff and 40 per cent of their budgets over the past 10 y.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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