Planning & Environment

There are the inevitable quotes from pro- and anti- lobbies following Ryanair’s announcement. Following the sweeping reforms of the planning system in Scotland, would an airport project encounter similar delays here? The Scottish Government might feel smug that the National Planning Framework 2 lists various airport projects as national developments, which means for planning purposes that the principle of those projects is not open to further debate. However, the recent statistics show no significant improvement in the time taken to decide planning applications. It’s not hard to imagine headlines in the future about planning delays for an airport project in Scotland.

Neil Collar