Carbon capture schemes such as the one at Peterhead are among key projects identified as being of national importance to Scotland.
The latest National Planning Framework (NPF3) also identifies projects such as improvements to Scotland’s airports, for offshore renewables and a national cycling and walking network.
Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast. has welcomed the improvements to Scotland’s planning system which will ensure that even more emphasis is placed on using the planning system to secure jobs and economic benefits while protecting Scotland’s scenic areas.
Commenting, Mr Stevenson said: “The announcement will be transformative for Scotland’s planning system, and will safeguard our country’s natural beauty and eco-system, while ensuring we can continue to develop pioneering infrastructure and technology.
“The new national planning framework has, at its heart, the principle of delivering sustainable economic growth in order to maximise the country’s attraction to investors and visitors in a global economy.
“The Carbon Capture project proposed at Peterhead is a perfect example of cutting edge technology developed in Scotland.
“This is not only of huge environmental benefit, but will be a huge boost to the local economy too.”