Planning & Environment

I’ve blogged before on the issue: Who decides – planners or politicians? It’s arisen again, with the press reports that over the past year 11 of 17 wind farm refusals have been overturned on appeal by the Scottish Government.* Are consents more likely to be granted if the decision is made by politicians rather than planners? That 65%… Read more »

Planning & Environment

Our training session for new councillors talked them through a Report to Committee. It’s a very familiar document to planning professionals, but seeing it through their eyes, I was reminded how much that one document achieves. In effect, it’s a summary of all the relevant issues for deciding the planning application, together with commentary where appropriate. If… Read more »

Planning & Environment

The planning reform process continues, with publication of Places, People and Planning Position Statement. First impressions: “steady as she goes”, despite diverse consultation responses on some proposals but some changes – reforms to rights of appeal, including increased use of Local Review Bodies, have been pared back; the section 75A procedures for modifying planning obligations are… Read more »

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