View of Community Engagement

With major planning applications to require Community Councils to hold public meetings before submitting their statutory views.

Why the contribution is important

Statement as above.

by cmcphail on February 26, 2016 at 03:57PM

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  • Posted by JohnColledge February 28, 2016 at 17:12

    Planning is supposed to be more open these days so it seems only reasonable to suggest that local communities should have a say in what is to be built in their community.
  • Posted by cheng February 28, 2016 at 18:43

    Planning is a closed shop for planners, developers and the DPEA.
    If Community Council opinion on Major planning applications were given any credence then many developers would simply use the loopholes available to them within the planning system to avoid their developments being classed as Major.
    The Scottish Government has refused to carry out a survey on the prevalence of such schemes. Phasing is the usual route to avoid developments being classed as Major but evidence shows that there is nothing to stop a developer submitting multiple applications all below 2ha for the one site of above 2ha thus avoiding the Major tag.
    There was a case in Moray where 10 applications were used for the same site to avoid the development being classed as Major. All legitimate moves according to the Scottish Government.
    It is little wonder that the general public have lost faith in the "system"
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