Avoiding the need for a planning application might seem like a pipe-dream, but that might be the outcome of the Scottish Government consultation paper on permitted development rights (PDR).

There’s no proposal to change the existing PDR for electricity related development, which only apply to holders of a licence under section 6 of the Electricity Act 1989. The proposals for hill tracks retain the requirement for agricultural/ forestry use.

Are these PDR unduly restrictive? This is your opportunity to tell the Scottish Government. Responses are due by 1 July.

Neil Collar

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