Mineral planning in Scotland

The current planning system is frustrating, time-consuming and dominated by urban town planners. The impending review by an independent panel is a chance to bring back industry knowledge, argues Alistair Smith

by Alistair Smith
Under the current system, many planning officers lack understanding of the quarry sites they inspect. Photograph: Alan Finlayson/123RF
Under the current system, many planning officers lack understanding of the quarry sites they inspect. Photograph: Alan Finlayson/123RF

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