Local planners across Scotland are being overwhelmed by permit applications. An average of 5 applications each day!
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show 5,528 applications have been made since May 2007, overall a seven-fold increase over the previous administration.
One local authority, Aberdeenshire, has received more than 1,000 planning applications over this period, while a series of other rural councils have experienced a 14-fold increase. Over 80% of large projects are being approved, even if local communities are opposed.
In short, Scotland's natural beauty is under siege and may be irrevocably destroyed in the next 18 months. Soon there may not be a hilltop in Scotland without a view of turbines.
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