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Scottish town centre development promoted
The Scottish Executive is changing planning regulations to promote town centre development.
The aim of the move is to encourage local councils to allow developments that push the social role of town centres and their importance to communities.
Deputy communities minister Johann Lamont said: "Thriving town centres are at the heart of our communities and it is essential that they continue to provide a good range of shops, leisure and other services.
"That is why we have published this newly revised policy which stresses the importance of town centres in driving forward the economy and providing a suitable, attractive and accessible location for a wide range of activities."
Under the new guidance, property owners undergoing development work will find councils using the planning system to create safer town centre environments.
Buildings should also be accessible to all sectors of the community.
The Scottish Executive is also holding a review into the planning process north of the border to make it more efficient and more response to the views of residents.
02 Aug 2006