Right of appeal against planning decisions by community groups and private individuals

Currently, developers may appeal against decisions but individuals may not. This is unfair and undemocratic: either developers should be refused the right to appeal or community groups and private individuals should be granted it.

Why the contribution is important

Planning decisions are being made in favour of developers who are insensitive to the historic beauties of our city of Edinburgh. There is no tried and tested standard for judging inappropriate development to be inappropriate. In a city so dependent on tourism as Edinburgh (and other Scottish cities) there should be regard to the destruction or alteration of historic views and buildings, which are what tourists come to see. For instance, the height of new developments such as the Quarter Mile at the site of the Old Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh is so excessive that the Castle can no longer be seen from the Meadows. There should be stricter rules governing conservation areas; currently many of these areas are more like development areas, with many historic features being lost or obscured.

by Alisoun on February 29, 2016 at 11:44AM

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  • Posted by Kacurry February 29, 2016 at 12:40

    I agree. It is inherently unfair if one side has a right of appeal and the other doesn't. Both should have the opportunity to raise and discuss issues.
  • Posted by Ewingston February 29, 2016 at 15:41

    The processes for appeal even if open to individuals are not simple and staightforward and and as such favour the developer
  • Posted by JTCOLLINS February 29, 2016 at 16:48

    It is essential for both parties to have the right to appeal. It is currently a very unfair system weighted in favour of the Developers. There is a big push for new housing with little consideration (in my view) really being given to local communities. The Craighouse situation was a fiasco (huge public outcry from local residents; overturning of numerous protections on the site in order to get it passed, inadequate scrutiny of and lack of interest in the Developers' finances, no sound case for Enabling Development and no right of appeal) and I am so exhausted and emotionally spent by the whole process that I am currently unable to fully engage with it. Please change this system to make it fairer!
  • Posted by BrianMcNeil February 29, 2016 at 17:41

    In addition to a level playing field, with the public and community groups able to lodge appeals, there must be time limits on developers doing so.
  • Posted by jeanhutton February 29, 2016 at 17:48

    The original case made by Alisoun is excellent. It is borne out by the UNESCO appeal to government to change the planning regime in Edinburgh,
    Communities and organisations with a record of getting involved in planning should be eligible to appeal against a planning decision. PLanners and councillors on planning committees are not immune from error.
    Confidence in a planning system where only the applicant has a right of appeal is low.
  • Posted by JohnColledge February 29, 2016 at 22:47

    Yet again Edinburgh's planning system is being criticised. The Scottish Government has known of irregularities within CEC Planning Dept from SPSO reports for at least eight years, and all local MSPs have known about them since 2011.

    It was interesting to see mention of the view from the Meadows. We are ‘not entitled to a view’. This was a quote from 2001 when the first planning disaster took place next to us. No one had actually claimed we were. We did feel however that we were entitled to a reasonably accurate and professional service from our Planning Dept. After all, we pay for them, all be it via taxation. The mistakes or deliberate malpractice made then were repeated in 2005 and again in 2008.

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