The draft change proposed by the Scottish government targets developments that “radically help address climate change”. Electric vehicle charging is given as another example of the type of projects that could automatically be given the go-ahead.
The proposals are being considered as part of a new action plan to implement a shake-up of planning laws. Also included in the plan are new measures to empower people, communities and organisations to get involved in planning, as well as proposals to deliver more affordable homes in rural areas.
Planning minister Kevin Stewart said: “Planning has a key role to play in addressing climate change and radically reducing our emissions. Removing red tape from some of the highest priority projects can be a big step towards our goal of a net-zero carbon future. These proposals mark a new way forward for planning in Scotland. Our health, wellbeing and prosperity can be affected by where we live so it is important we get it right.
“Empowering communities to have a positive say in shaping their future is central to our vision, where people and local authorities across Scotland work closely together for all our benefit.”