26 June 2014

Stevenson Welcomes National Plan for Carbon Capture

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has welcomed the launch this week of the Scottish Government’s planning vision for Scotland which includes Carbon Capture and Storage in Peterhead.

The National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) announced by Planning Minister Derek Mackay will drive long term development and local planning policy in transport, town centres, energy and infrastructure, balancing economic growth with environmental protection.

NPF3 confirmed the Government’s support for 14 large national developments, including the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Network and Thermal Generation at Peterhead Power Station.

Mr Stevenson said:

“I am delighted that the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Network has been identified as a national priority by the Scottish Government. This will insure the regeneration and reindustrialisation of the North-east, improve transport and connectivity links, and ensure sustainable development through support for low carbon energy supply and green networks.”

Planning Minister Derek Mackay MSP added:

“Our ambition is to create great places that support economic growth across the country, and together, NPF3 and the SPP set out a shared vision for Scotland as a place which benefits from a positive planning system that protects our unique environment.

“NPF3 confirms our support for 14 national developments that will drive economic growth, champion our most successful places, and support changes in areas where, in the past, there has been a legacy of decline.”

NPF3 and SPP also puts a ban on wind farm development in the 19 per cent of Scotland identified as National Parks and National Scenic Areas, and tighter controls on onshore oil and gas developments have been put in place.

Five new measures are also being introduced in relation to hydraulic fracturing; including a requirement for buffer zones, to ensure development only proceeds if communities and the environment can be protected. Operators will also have to consult with communities on their proposals.

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