Control of unconventional oil and gas: Chief Planner letter

Update on planning procedures following our position statement on unconventional oil and gas.

Control of Unconventional oil and gas developments

The Scottish Government has today announced that, on the basis of available evidence, the Scottish Government does not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

The Scottish Government will continue to use planning powers to give effect to this policy. THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (NOTIFICATION OF APPLICATIONS) (UNCONVENTIONAL OIL OR GAS) (SCOTLAND) (NUMBER 2) DIRECTION 2015, which gave effect to the moratorium on unconventional oil and gas, will continue to remain in force.

The notification arrangements are on the same basis as the Direction issued on 28 January 2015.

As required under the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005, the Scottish Government will shortly commission a Strategic Environmental Assessment of our preferred position on unconventional oil and gas.

letter to heads of planning.pdf



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