Date lodged: 19 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of whether the provisions in its Planning (Scotland) Bill are compliant with the obligations in the UN Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, also known as the Aarhus Convention, and when it will publish any such assessment.
Answered by: Angela Constance 9 January 2018
The Scottish Government is satisfied that the provisions contained within the Planning (Scotland) Bill are compliant with the Aarhus Convention, including new provisions which strengthen processes, engagement and participation in the planning system overall. The Scottish Government is not able to disclose legal advice it receives, including any legal advice that may have been considered in relation to compliance with the Arhus Convention. The policy memorandum published to accompany the Bill contains information about provisions which are relevant to the Aarhus Convention.