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Jeane Freeman MSP
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Jeane Freeman MSP
Jeane Freeman MSP
Jeane Freeman MSP

Press Release

Rural Planning to be Prioritised

Published date : 06 Nov 2019



MSP Jeane Freeman has welcomed a new Scottish Government action plan to kick-start developments in rural areas.

The need for planning permission could be removed for certain types of rural developments to help tackle depopulation and support the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley economy. 

The changes are being considered as part of a new action plan to implement a radical shake-up of planning laws.

Under this review, small scale developments, such as the conversion of agricultural buildings to deliver more homes in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, could automatically be given the go-ahead.

Commenting, SNP MSP Jeane Freeman said:

“I am excited by what these changes could do for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley. In representing this constituency, I aim to boost the local economy and help local families get the homes that they need. This planning review is one of a number of actions the Scottish Government is undertaking to grow Scotland’s rural areas.

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting Scotland’s farmers, promoting sustainable growth and safeguarding the long term prosperity of Scotland’s rural communities.”



Permitted Development Rights remove the need to apply for planning permission and typically relate to minor or uncontroversial developments where planning permission would likely be granted.

The Scottish Government is currently seeking views on its Sustainability Appraisal of options for expanding Permitted Development Rights across 16 development types.

The report sets out the likely significant environmental, social and economic effects of options for change, and was informed by the views of a Virtual Review Group of key stakeholders such as Scottish Environment Link, National Farmers Union Scotland and telecommunications providers.

The 2019-20 Programme for Government ‘Protecting Scotland’s Future’ highlights the key role planning has to play in addressing climate change and helping to radically accelerate reduction of emissions, and in ensuring we can sustain and support communities, including support for dynamic rural economies, in resisting the most detrimental impacts of Brexit.

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