Society praises proposals to simplify marine licensing appeals
The Law Society of Scotland has today, 26 June, praised proposals to simplify environmental regulation, in particular the reform of the legal appeal process for offshore energy developers.
Currently, if an application is refused the developer has the option to pursue two different legal appeal processes under separate energy and marine licensing systems. These appeals take place in two different courts.
The Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill proposes to streamline the appeal route for those wishing to challenge these decisions as it seeks to bring together appeal actions into one court action.
Frances McChlery, Convener of the Law Society of Scotland's Planning Law Committee, said:
"The Law Society of Scotland strongly supports better, simpler and more efficient regulation based on well framed legislation.
"It is clearly desirable for any major energy infrastructure development proposal that there should not be two different destinations for important challenges to the same proposal. We would like to see further rationalisation and simplification of law which has become too complex, which would be in everybody's interests."
Notes to editors
Section 40 of the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill will amend the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and introduce a defined statutory appeal for offshore energy developers to be determined by the inner house of the Court of Session.
Frances McChlery gave oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill on 26 June 2013.
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26 June 2013