About Us

Planning Democracy SCIO is working for a fair and inclusive planning system in Scotland.

Who we are

We are a group of volunteers who include representatives of three community councils with years of experience in planning issues.

Our Board of Trustees is seven-strong, chaired by Clare Symonds, and supported by a strong network of members and advisers. Until recently we have operated on a purely voluntary basis, but our activities are now supported by a Community Network Coordinator and we are actively planning to grow further in the future. We all share a belief that a robust, democratic planning system is crucial for shaping fairer and more sustainable places. Read our Trustee biographies.

What we do

Our mission is to undertake practical and academic research on the state of community participation in the Scottish planning system; campaign for a just and open decision making; and promote practical changes for a more equitable, inclusive and transparent planning system.

As part of our ongoing research we are always interested in hearing about people’s experiences of the planning system so we can campaign to make sure Scotland’s planning system is democratic, open and honest. If you have an experience of the planning system that you want us to know about please get in touch.

We often get inquiries from people asking us to help with individual applications and circumstances. We understand how stressful it can be and try to help as much as we can by putting you in touch with others who have experience of the planning system. Read Walter’s account of his feelings when he was facing a public local inquiry and how Planning Democracy helped. Get in touch here.

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We are a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (a SCIO) charity number SC041051.  You can view our OSCR charity page here.