Scottish Environment Link has joined forces with the Association of Scottish Community Councils to fire a broadside against the Executive’s planning white paper.
Together, they have launched a petition to the Parliament calling for the introduction of a limited third party right of appeal within the planning system – rather thanthe feeble promise of more opportunities to express an opinion offered by the Executive.
The petition also insists that all planning decisions, especially those related to the proposed National Planning Framework, must be open to challenge and public inquiry. The two groups will be working throughout the summer to gather as many signatories as possible before the issue goes back to Parliament in the autumn.
On launching the petition, Anne McCall, Convener of Scottish Environment LINK’s planning task force said - “The white paper is a mess. The new system would allow people to express their view of a planning proposal - but give no real weight to their opinion. It would still be the case that the developer had rights of appeal, where objectors would be left almost powerless. The opportunity to put some fairness and balance into planning is being thrown away.”