PE1895: Mandatory accountability for NatureScot's decision making procedures
Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make it mandatory for NatureScot to explain its conservation objectives in decision making within the framework of the Scottish Regulators Strategic Code of Practice and Scottish Governments guidance, 'Right First Time'.
Petitioner: Gary Wall
Date published: 23 August 2021
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Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee Consideration
SPICe briefing (101KB, pdf) posted 10 September 2021
3 November 2021: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government.
Official Report of Meeting 3 November 2021
2 February 2022: The Committee agreed to write to NatureScot.
Official Report of Meeting 2 February 2022
18 May 2022: The Committee agreed to write to NatureScot.
Official Report of Meeting 18 May 2022
9 November 2022: The Committee agreed to close the petition under rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that NatureScot routinely issues licence refusals and its stated approach is to always explain to the applicants the reasons for the refusals against the relevant legal tests, not all of which include a conservation objective; and a conservation objective would not apply to every licensing refusal, therefore setting a mandatory requirement for NatureScot to include this in every refusal would not be appropriate.
Official Report of Meeting 9 November 2022
PE1895/A:Scottish Government submission dated 22 October 2021
PE1895/B: Petitioner submission of 26 October 2021
PE1895/C: Scottish Government submission of 07 December 2021
PE1895/D: Petitioner submission of 22 January 2022
PE1895/E: NatureScot submission of 7 March 2022 (55KB, pdf) posted 25 March 2022
PE1895/F:Petitioner submission of 6 May 2022 (84KB, pdf) posted 09 May 2022
PE1895/G: NatureScot submission of 28 July 2022 (83KB, pdf) posted 02 August 2022
PE1895/H: Petitioner submission of 26 September 2022 (67KB, pdf) posted 05 October 2022