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05/12/2018

Scottish planning bill places more than 60 new duties on planners

Words: Laura Edgar
Increased responsibility for Scottish planners / iStock-104696571

The Planning (Scotland) Bill will place up to 63 new duties and responsibilities on planners without providing additional resources to undertake them, according to RTPI Scotland.

A further 25 responsibilities will be placed on the Scottish Government.

The obligations were introduced into the bill after debate in the Scottish Parliament at stage 2 of its passage. These include the need for planning authorities to make sure that local development plans assess the need for public toilets, water refill points, and preserving disused railway infrastructure.

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