Date lodged: 4 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the article in the Sunday Herald on 12 June 2016 relating to proposals to extract peat from a site at Auchencorth Moss in Midlothian, whether it will call in the application for its own determination, and what the reason is for its position on this matter.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 20 July 2016
< >Scottish Ministers have a general power to intervene by calling in an application for their own determination. In practice though, ministers will exercise this power very sparingly, recognising and respecting the important role of local authorities in making decisions on the future development of their areas.
At this time it is not ministers’ intention to call in this application.