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Land Securities Group Plc v Scottish Ministers

When considering an alteration to a structure plan relating to the regeneration of a large area of land, the Scottish Ministers had not been required to apply the sequential approach to potential town-centre development set out in National Planning Policy Guidance 8, since the alteration concerned the creation of a new town centre and the sequential approach was aimed at affording support only to existing town centres.

3 November 2006

The appellant (L) appealed against a ruling of the Extra Division of the Inner House upholding the decision of the respondent Scottish Ministers to approve an alteration to a structure plan. The structure plan dealt, among other things, with the proposed regeneration of a large area of land that had formerly been the site of the Lanarkshire and Ravenscraig steelworks. It proposed the creation of a “core economic development area” with an industrial and business park, residential neighbourhoods and a major new sports and recreational facility. It also referred to the potential for “creating a new town centre for the area” linked to the restructuring of two nearby towns. The alteration to the structure plan approved by the ministers added Ravenscraig to the network of town centres in Sched 1(a) to the plan and provided the strategic context for its inclusion in the local plan. In reaching their decision, the ministers concluded that the sequential approach to potential town-ce...

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