20 June 2019

Scottish Labour have voted against the Planning Bill at its final stage, warning that it has become a missed opportunity to deliver transformative change.

The SNP and Scottish Conservatives joined forces to blocked a community right of appeal and remove key changes made by MSPs at Stage 2.

Scottish Labour has been pushing for amendments that would rebalance power in the planning system, and give communities a right of appeal with developers to level the playing field and make the system fairer.

But SNP and Tory MSPs voted against proposals to reform the planning appeal system, choosing instead to side with big developers.

Scottish Labour Communities Spokesperson Alex Rowley said:

“The Planning Bill has become an SNP-Tory stitch up which fails to deliver transformative change for our communities.

“The SNP has teamed up with the Tories to push through their timid approach to planning reform.

“It’s a shameful missed opportunity.

"SNP Ministers have failed to read the public mood on planning, and have chosen to side with big developers over ordinary communities.”
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