Thursday, 12 November 2009

Historic Scotland must become 'helpful'

Culture Minister Mike Russell has said that Historic Scotland needs to buck its ideas up a bit when dealing with the public through the planning process - "Regulation has to become problem-solving. Its task must be to realise full value of historic assets rather than getting involved in the business that allows them to be seen as an obstacle to progress." The quote comes in relation to an application by the owner of Castle Tioram, Lex Brown, to have it restored to living accomodation, a request which was obstructed by Historic Scotland.

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