1 May 2013

Peterhead Carbon Capture Among Planning Reform “Key Projects”

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast has welcomed improvements to Scotland’s planning system which will ensure that even more emphasis is placed on using the planning system to secure jobs and economic benefits while protecting Scotland’s scenic areas.

The changes are intended to strengthen environmental protection in the 31% of Scotland classified as the wildest and most scenic land, and preventing any wind farms from being built in the areas covered by National Parks and National Scenic Areas. Additionally, the Scottish Government has proposed increasing the separation distance between wind farms and cities, towns and villages.

The latest National Planning Framework (NPF3) also identifies key projects of national importance to Scotland, including carbon capture schemes such as the one at Peterhead, as well as improvements to Scotland’s airports; high speed rail; infrastructure for offshore renewables; and a national cycling and walking network. NPF3 looks to smooth the development and delivery of these projects, as well as maintaining a focus on economic recovery throughout.

It is expected that following the consultation launch, the Scottish Planning Policy will be finalised by the end of the year with NPF3 scheduled for adoption by 2014. Commenting, Mr Stevenson said

“The announcement today will be transformative for Scotland’s planning system, and will safeguard our country’s natural beauty and eco-system, while ensuring we can continue to develop pioneering infrastructure and technology.

“The new national planning framework has, at its heart, the principle of delivering sustainable economic growth in order to maximise the country’s attraction to investors and visitors in a global economy.

“The Carbon Capture project at Peterhead is a perfect example of cutting edge technology developed in Scotland, which is not only of huge environmental benefit, but will be a huge boost to the local economy too.”

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