Date lodged: 1 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reviewing the time and cost of applying for an environmental impact assessment for landowners planting commercial woodland.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 27 July 2016
The Scottish Government is committed to planting 10,000 hectares of trees every year until 2022 and we will work to hasten the pace of applications and approval of planting. We are already meeting with the sector to identify points in the current process, from application to approval, that could be improved or speeded up and will announce further plans in due course.