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To ask the Scottish Government whether Historic Environment Scotland, as a statutory consultee in the A9 dualling project, is responsible for the protection and enhancement of the (a) historic environment and (b) inventory battlefield at Killiecrankie.

Answered by Fiona Hyslop (28/01/2019):

The responsibilities of Historic Environment Scotland as a statutory consultee are limited to the provision of advice and comment on historic environment matters relating to the proposals that are required by law to be put before them.

HES have a dual role as both statutory consultee in the planning system and as a Consultation Body under various Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations in respect of inventory historic battlefields. This means that planning authorities and other public bodies are required to consult them where any non-householder development proposals may affect a site on the Inventory of Historic Battlefields or where a development proposal is a qualifying project under the relevant EIA regulations. Their advice is a material consideration which planning authorities and other decision makers, including the Scottish Ministers, are required to take into account as part of the decision-making process.

Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 28/01/2019
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