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Edinburgh planning appeal highlights potential impact of new presumption in favour of development, says expert

Plans for a 650-home development on 'green belt' farmland to the south east of Edinburgh have been allowed on appeal after the reporter found the presumption in favour of certain developments in the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) outweighed the local authority's... 26 Jun 2015

Ban on non-EU corporate ownership of Scottish land dropped from final land reform legislation

Controversial proposals that would have prevented companies, trusts and partnerships from owning land in Scotland unless they were registered within the EU have been dropped from a package of land reform measures proposed by the Scottish government. 24 Jun 2015

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'Phased' construction work could create VAT problems for universities, expert says

FOCUS: Funding constraints often mean that universities have to construct new buildings in two or more 'phases'. However, doing so can create unwelcome and unexpected VAT issues for universities, as a recent VAT tribunal decision showed. 23 Jun 2015

Shale exploration in England one step closer, says expert, as planning officer recommends fracking approval

A planning officer at Lancashire County Council (LCC) has recommended that the council approve one of two applications to drill, hydraulic fracture and 'flow test' for shale gas brought by energy firm Cuadrilla. 17 Jun 2015

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