Apply an ePlanning Code of Professional Good Practice

Transparency is at heart of building trust in planning. Yet we see ePlanning hide more & more documentation - whether redacted  Environmental reports to hiding notes of Council / Developer discussions - inc Heads of Legal Agreements. We need a Code for ePlanning that ensures 99.8% of docs are available.

Why is there no legal right in Scotland (as there is in England) for communities to be able to address the Planning Committee? Why is there not an Equal Right to Appral?

Why the contribution is important

Because it would address the growing cynicism about planning - that it steamrolls over local views. Transparency (and notes of all meetings) helps encourage professional good practice.

if developers can appeals against decisions they don’t like - why can’t Communities? At present Councils & Ministers can take decisions contrary to the local plan and get away with it. They are not held to account. An ERA would better balance the planning system.

by davesutto on February 22, 2018 at 05:33PM

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  • Posted by IngaBullen February 27, 2018 at 16:39

    Transparency is needed, it must go to all levels, including when an appeal is called in by Scottish Ministers. Secrecy and obfuscation have no place in planning decisions being in the public interest.
  • Posted by ddpeeps February 28, 2018 at 18:04

    Transparency, better communication from developers and local authorities to the community, more involvement with the process and communication channels open at each stage and at all levels. Communities have, and still are, being ridden rough shod over again and again by developers and planning decisions and there is no trust. There has to be an equal right to appeal for the communities not just developers with the cash and aided by vested interests. By giving communities an equal right of appeal will go someway to balance things up.
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