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S5W-06142: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what requirement is placed on local authorities by the Scottish Planning Policy to have a land-bank of reserves for construction aggregates, and whether this must be within their own administrative boundaries.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 18 January 2017

Paragraph 238 of Scottish Planning Policy 2014 states: 'Plans should support the maintenance of a landbank of permitted reserves for construction aggregates of at least ten years at all times in all market areas through the identification of areas of search. Such areas can be promoted by developers or landowners as part of the plan preparation process or by planning authorities where they wish to guide development to particular areas. As an alternative, a criteria based approach may be taken, particularly where a sufficient landbank already exists or substantial unconstrained deposits are available.'

The market area, which is not necessarily the same as the administrative boundary of the planning authority, as described in paragraph two of the Scottish Aggregate Survey 2012.

Both documents are available from the Scottish Government's website: