Framework in place to ensure speedy planning approval

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TAX relief is the main bait on offer to lure companies to the new enterprise areas, and will be available in two forms.

On most sites, businesses will be able to claim up to 100 per cent rates relief worth up to £275,000 over the five-year timeframe of the enterprise area policy.

But instead of rates relief, enhanced capital allowances on plant and machinery will be offered to firms locating to Dundee, Nigg and parts of Irvine, to encourage investment.

A framework to facilitate a swift planning process has also been developed and agreed between Scottish Government agencies and local authorities, to ensure a speedy approach to handling planning consents in enterprise area sites.

The government says it will “prioritise” the delivery of next-generation broadband to every site by 2015 at the latest, in line with targets set out in a previously published action plan on the Scotland’s digital future.

An international marketing drive to promote the new enterprise areas will be led by Scottish Development International.

Skills Development Scotland will offer a customised, client-focused service to deliver “appropriate and tailored support to employment opportunities”.