Planning & Environment

Airports, harbours, charging electric vehicles, industrial/ warehouse, institutions (schools, universities, colleges, hospitals), offices, pavement cafes, retail/ town centre uses (shops, banks, pubs, restaurants), caravans, open air markets, hill tracks, waste management – this is the eclectic list discussed in the Scottish Government consultation paper on permitted development rights (PDR).

PDR are valuable for developers, granting planning permission, removing consent risk/ delay/ expense. For some sectors existing PDR can be extensive.

The consultation paper poses some very open questions, but for a few sectors is specific. It’s an opportunity to lobby for more or less PDR, depending on your interest. Some existing PDR might be cut back; some new ones are proposed, but for minor-ish works.

Neil Collar

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