Scotland’s Planning Bill changes: A ‘point of no return’ for Scotland’s heritage says NTS

websiteThe National Trust for Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to save Scotland’s heritage by overhauling the planning system in forthcoming legislation.

The National Trust for Scotland writes:

Following the submission of four new development applications at Culloden and the approval of a golf course at the Coul Links, the National Trust for Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to save Scotland’s heritage by overhauling the planning system in forthcoming legislation.

The conservation charity said the plans could be disastrous for both locations. Culloden is the site of one of the most significant battles in Scotland’s history and is a designated Conservation Area, while Coul Links falls within the Loch Fleet Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is home to rare coastal habitats.

The National Trust for Scotland questioned whether either designation would still have any meaning if they were going to be run roughshod over by the current planning process. With the Planning (Scotland) Bill set to enter its second stage at the Scottish Parliament in September, the Trust said this was the ideal time to revise the current process and build a system that protects Scotland’s heritage for future generations.

Simon Skinner, Chief executive said: ‘‘Culloden and the Coul Links are just two examples of a worrying trend: Scotland’s heritage is too often being cast aside for short-term economic gain. Four years ago, we argued for a planning framework which has the long-term wellbeing of our heritage sites built into it. That can only be achieved by overhauling the current diffuse focus on individual planning applications in isolation’…

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