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Wrangle over Aberdeen area’s strategic transport fund heads to court

Scotland’s Court of Session has been asked to rule on a case concerning the use of developer contributions to fund transport infrastructure improvements.

Andrew Forster
04 September 2015
An artist’s impression of Chapelton of Elsick new town
An artist’s impression of Chapelton of Elsick new town


Developer contributions are an established way of funding transport infrastructure. In England and Wales, councils can apply a standard charge, the Community Infrastructure Levy, to development across an area to raise funds for infrastructure to support that development. Scotland doesn’t operate CIL and contributions here are typically sourced through Section 75 planning obligations. These must satisfy a number of tests set out in a Scottish Government Circular (3/2012), including that...

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