THE Scottish Government is planning to cut red tape surrounding developments that radically address the climate change crisis.

Draft proposals mean they would no longer need to seek planning permission for sustainable projects.

Local renewable energy and electric vehicle charging are examples of projects that could automatically be given the go-ahead.

The proposals are being considered as part of a new action plan to implement a radical shake-up of planning laws.

Also included in the plan are a raft of new measures to empower people, communities and organisations to become involved in planning, as well as proposals to deliver more affordable homes in rural areas.

“Planning has a key role to play in addressing climate change and radically reducing our emissions,” said Housing Minister Kevin Stewart.

“Removing red tape from some of the highest priority projects can be a big step towards our goal of a net-zero carbon future.”

He continued: “These proposals mark a new way forward for planning in Scotland. Our health, well-being and prosperity can be affected by where we live so it is important we get it right.

“Empowering communities to have a positive say in shaping their future is central to our vision, where people and local authorities across Scotland work closely together for all our benefit.”

The 2019-20 Programme for Government, titled Protecting Scotland’s Future, highlights the key role planning has to play in addressing climate change and helping to radically accelerate reduction of emissions to ensure communities can be sustained, supported and protected from the most detrimental impacts of Brexit.