Green Scottish developments may no longer need planning permission 

Posted: September 30, 2019 by oldbrew in Accountability, Big Green, Emissions, government, ideology
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Image credit: BBC Scotland

Throwing out longstanding checks and balances that might stand in the way of the delusional goal of ‘tackling’ climate change, can hardly be called progress.

New developments that help reduce emissions and tackle climate change could no longer need planning permission under draft proposals considered by the Scottish Government, reports Energy Live News.

Projects that could automatically get the go-ahead in Scotland include local renewable energy and electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

The draft proposals – which are being considered as part of a new action plan to implement a radical shake-up of planning laws – also include measures to “empower people, communities and organisations” to get involved in planning as well as proposals to deliver more affordable homes in rural areas.

A draft of National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) is expected to be published for public consultation in the third quarter of 2020, following a period of “extensive engagement” earlier in the year.

It will remove the requirement for strategic development plans in the four largest city regions, with the aim of making local development plans (LDPs) more effective with greater community involvement and more focus on delivery.

Planning Minister Kevin Stewart said: “Planning has a key role to play in addressing climate change and radically reducing our emissions. Removing red tape from some of the highest priority project can be a big step towards our goal of a net zero carbon future.

Full report here.

  1. stpaulchuck says:

    they can see the end of their scam fast approaching so they are in a rush to put up as much of this “green” insanity as they can before the cash stops.

  2. hunterson7 says:

    At it’s peak, I will bet that Church and Cathedral construction seldom if ever had to deal with adversarial planning regimes.

  3. ivan says:

    Maybe England will need to put a cut-off switch in the grid on the England Scotland border, a) to cut-off the excess unreliable power and b) to prevent Scotland drawing power from the English grid when there is no wind. Doing that would chop this stupid idea off at the knees.

    Or they could sell their excess to Germany, if they could get a cable there.

  4. BoyfronTottenham says:

    So they are ‘Empowering’ people to get involved in planning for everything except anything to do with ‘renewables’, where they will be ‘disempowered’? Because? I think even the Scots would see through the codswallop.

  5. oldbrew says:

    ivan – it doesn’t work like that.

    If Scotland has too much wind power, they get paid to turn some of it off, aka ‘constraint payments’.

    DT: Wind farms paid £100m to switch power off

    Incredibly, the wind farms receive on average 40 per cent more cash when they are switched off than when they are producing electricity, according to an analysis of official figures.

    The think tank which carried out the study said it was “a scandal” that the big energy companies were more profitable when turned off.

  6. Saighdear says:

    NOt much wind power today on gridwatch, most news is hot air from this sad central belt wackos – and WE have to put up with the booggers.

  7. p.g.sharrow says:

    Wind farms should make more money while shut off. While shut off they are less likely to disrupt the grid and they consume power. It would be even more valuable to society if they were scrapped!…pg

  8. BLACK PEARL says:

    Does anyone know who owns the land in Scotland ?
    Was talking to some Scots a couple of years back and they stated that most of Scotland was owned by 5 or 6 people ?
    I would imagine one of them would be Crown Estates.
    It would be interesting to find out who the beneficiary’s are to such a ruling / policy

  9. oldbrew says:

    One half of Scottish private land belongs to a group of just 432 owners.

    But a lot of Scottish land is no use for agriculture or buildings – too boggy, too rough, too hilly etc.