Date lodged: 11 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to hasten the pace of application and approval of forestry planting.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 12 August 2016
I am determined to achieve a step change in pace and scale of new planting to ensure long-term availability of timber and to meet our climate change commitment to plant 10,000 hectares per year. Following discussions with stakeholders, I have asked Jim Mackinnon CBE, a former Scottish Government Chief Planner, to provide an analysis of the current arrangements for the consideration and approval of forestry planting proposals and to make recommendations for improvements to the process. I expect to discuss progress with the forestry sector at the summits I am planning to hold in the autumn.