Can you tell me how many new woodland creation scheme applications have been rejected by Scottish Forestry during the clearing process since 2015?
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Response to your request
Of 1,637 woodland creation cases approved since 2015, 2 were rejected at the Clearing stage.
Please note that:
- Woodland creation is a consultative and iterative process, and we work with applicants to find project designs that are agreeable before they are formally assessed, meaning that proposals that do not meet the scheme criteria are typically filtered out or withdrawn at an earlier stage.
- Decisions regarding scheme suitability and option eligibility are made at the application assessment stage, prior to clearing.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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