Date lodged: 11 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to (a) review and (b) regulate speculative land purchasing practices to obtain planning permission on greenbelt and agricultural land.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 28 April 2017
The primary responsibility for the operation of the planning system lies with strategic planning authorities, and local and national park authorities. It is for these authorities, through their development plans, to set out a spatial strategy and policies that direct the right development to the right place, designating a green belt where appropriate, and to determine planning applications in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
We have no current plans to review or regulate land purchasing. The Scottish planning system is currently under review and the recent consultation paper proposes creating stronger development plans based more strongly on place and prepared with the involvement of local people.