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RTPI Scotland asks Mackay to allow councils to raise planning fees

Words: Laura Edgar
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Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay has been urged to allow local authorities in the country to raise planning fees to cover the full cost of the planning application function.

RTPI Scotland is concerned that the Planning (Scotland) Bill will introduce many more duties for planning departments and that the need for these to be resourced has not been considered.Planning departments across Scotland have suffered disproportionately from budget cuts over the past few years, said the institute. There has been a 23 per cent decrease in planning staff between 2009 and 2016,........
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