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New PAN for Scotland


THE Scottish Executive has issued a new Planning Advice Note (PAN 64) which outlines ways in which mineral operators and planning authorities can ensure that mineral workings are restored to a high standard as soon as possible after working ceases.

"Providing technical advice on reclamation techniques, examples of best practice and practical information on forward planning and control, PAN 64 is designed to complement existing policy on mineral workings contained in National Planning Policy Guideline on Land for Mineral Working (NPPG 4) and Opencast Coal and Related Minerals (NPPG 16)."

"Commenting on the new advice note, Scotland’s Deputy Social Justice Minister, Des McNulty, said: ‘The restoration and aftercare process should demonstrate how mineral extraction and the care and enhancement of Scotland’s exceptional natural heritage can work together in a positive way. I am confident it will help disseminate good practice and I urge planning authorities and operators to ensure that restoration opportunities are maximized.’"


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