Planning & Environment

“It is essential to recognise that planning issues, by their very nature, will often bring differing interests into opposition and disagreement and the resolution of those issues will inevitably disappoint some parties. The planning system cannot satisfy all interests all of the time.” (Scottish Planning Policy, 2010 – superseded by current SPP) Is this the… Read more »

Oil & Gas

The English High Court has rejected challenges to the planning permission for Cuadrilla’s proposed exploratory work at Preston New Road, Lancashire. That follows the unsuccessful challenges to Third Energy’s project at Kirkby Misperton, North Yorkshire (the Frack Free Ryedale case). Although the case is about fracking, it illustrates key legal principles/ approaches which might apply to other forms… Read more »

Planning & Environment

Two very different planning decisions made the headlines recently, but they share a common factor – the decision was made by politicians, who did not follow the recommendation from the planners. In Glasgow, the planning committee decided 12-6 to refuse permission for a student housing development adjoining Glasgow School of Art. The officer’s report commented… Read more »