– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 23rd February 2000.

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Photo of Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson Scottish National Party

Question S1W-2430

To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to restrict housing and large scale retail development on Green Belt land and encourage development on brownfield sites.

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

The Executive’s policies on the location of housing and retail development are set out in National Planning Policy Guidelines 3: Land for Housing and 8: Town Centres and Retailing. NPPG3 indicates that priority should be given to the re-use of urban brownfield sites wherever possible and that the release of sites in the Green Belt should be considered only in exceptional circumstances. NPPG8 contains a firm commitment to the protection and enhancement of existing town centres in preference to sites outwith town centres. This guidance indicates that new retail developments should not conflict with Green Belt policy.

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