Are People Really Not Interested in Planning?

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There is a perception that people are not interested in planning and yet our conference is filling up fast with people attending from literally all over Scotland. We have spoken to an awful lot of them, and most are coming with a sense of dissatisfaction about how planning works for people. Alex Neil has said that the Scottish Government’s position is that the Scottish planning system operates effectively in balancing competing considerations in planning. We disagree and believe he is not listening to the voice of the public who feel that the system is strongly out of kilter, that favours developers, that too often works against the public interest.

See here  for the details of speakers and workshops at our conference. There are still a few places if you want to register this week.

Come and join the increasingly loud voice who are calling for a change in Scottish planning


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Clare Symonds

Clare Symonds is the Chair of Planning Democracy.

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  1. Avatar Carole Valentine says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I’m writing to you in a last desperate attempt to ask for your help in stopping the planned destruction of prime agricultural land that backs on to six old cottages on Broomhills Road, Frogston Road East, Edinburgh EH17 8RT, one of which is mine. The Broomhills site is currently productive arable land and forms part of the City of Edinburgh Green Belt. The land at HSG21 is currently used to grow barley and has in recent years grown wheat and potatoes. It also provides important water catchment management.

    My main concern is that this field is a haven for all kinds of wild life including foxes, hares, rabbits, the occasional deer and a multitude of birds, pheasants, robins, wood pigeons, partridges, blue tits, great tits, yellow hammers, blackbirds, thrush, wrens, starlings, crows, etc. We also have bats that live either in the eaves of the cottages or the nearby trees, it is difficult to ascertain where.

    The amount of building going on in this area (old Water Works at Fairmilehead, open land on Burdiehouse Road , The Kilns, the Waterworks land running alongside the A701 near Liberton Park and open land alongside the B702 Loanhead Road) is staggering! The frightening result of this loss of land is that the animals and birds are being driven out of their habitat. When will it stop?

    As mentioned above, this field is in the Edinburgh green belt but it seems the powers that be can move the boundaries whenever they feel like it!!

    Anything you can do would be forever appreciated by myself and the other residents at Broomhills Farm Cottages.

    Carole Valentine
    [Comment edited to remove personal information]

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