Category Archives: Planning

Consultation on future rail development

Network Rail is holding a consultation on the future needs of Scotland’s railways. Rail usage has grown exponentially over the last 20 years, now reaching 93 million journeys a year. Many of us, including those of us in rural South … Continue reading

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Debate on Fuel Poverty 

Last week I headed to the Chamber to debate the issue of fuel poverty. It is obvious now that the Scottish Government will not come close to meeting this year’s target to eradicate all fuel poverty, and the statistics on … Continue reading

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Our Environment: young people tackling environmental issues

Last week I joined young people from across the country to the event showcasing the winners of the Our Environment 2015 competition. The competition aims to engage young people in tackling environmental problems, and it was a pleasure to see … Continue reading

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Anger at renewed Overburns bid

At the end of last week, I received notification from campaigners that a third planning application has been submitted for a sand and gravel quarry at Overburns Farm, near Biggar. The proposals were first rejected by South Lanarkshire Council in … Continue reading

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Debating the future of planning in Scotland

At the beginning of last week, I participated in a debate on two documents setting out the framework for all planning developments in Scotland. The National Planning Framework (NPF3) is a long-term strategy setting out how plans for development and investment will … Continue reading

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