Claudia Beamish

Labour MSP for South Scotland

@claudiabeamish

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  • Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 3) 20 Jun 2019

    This suite of complementary amendments would update and modernise the planning system in relation to Scotland’s peatlands. That special habitat’s importance has grown in recent years because of its capacity to be a vital natural carbon sink. Members will recall that I spoke to similar amendments at stage 2 but, after listening to the minister’s concerns, I did not press them. I thank...
  • Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 3) 20 Jun 2019

    As I make a final decision on whether to press the amendments, will the minister clarify the situation in relation to those very long-term, outstanding sites, around which there is a lot of uncertainty and a lack of clarity on what the local government relevant planning authorities are doing? Is it possible for him to highlight the issue to local authorities, because if I do not move the...
  • Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 3) 20 Jun 2019

    I do not intend to press amendments 208 to 211 today. It has been a very difficult decision. A range of non-governmental organisations have had serious concerns about the protections for peatlands in the bill. RSPB Scotland was one that helped to shape the amendments—but certainly not the only one. There is a serious issue around aftercare. We have seen what happened with the opencast...

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Labour MSP for South Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election

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