Proposed new planning legislation for Scotland should be amended to restrict the rights of unsuccessful applicants to appeal decisions that have been taken in a way that is clearly in line with a development plan, MSPs have suggested.
Civil servants cannot make decisions on behalf of government departments in Northern Ireland where those decisions would ordinarily be taken by ministers, the High Court in the country has ruled.
ANALYSIS: Measures which will be taken to mitigate or avoid the harmful effects of a proposed development project cannot be taken into account when deciding whether an appropriate assessment is necessary at the screening stage under the Habitats Directive,...
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