Date lodged: 18 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what role each of its development agencies has in considering (a) economic development and (b) nature conservation matters when providing advice regarding applications for planning permission.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 11 January 2018
The development agencies are not statutory consultees and are therefore not required to be consulted by a planning authority in determining any application for planning consent. It is however open to any individual or organisation to make comments on any particular planning application and, where these raise material planning considerations, the planning authority should take these into account in their consideration of the application.
It is the responsibility of the relevant planning authority to take into account any material economic and nature conservation considerations when determining a planning application.