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Third Don Crossing

The Third Don Crossing is a new bridge planned for the River Don in Aberdeen. The last two local councils have been elected with this new crossing high on their manifesto of promises. With...

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What should I call you?

I’ve heard of plenty conferences in Edinburgh discussing how the 2006 planning reforms are ‘bedding down‘ for local authorities and affecting developers. But I, and Planning Democracy, are interested in how the reforms are...

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Lomond Quarry in Leslie

The first many Leslie residents knew of the blasting was when the first explosion happened, some people thought that it was a bomb going off. Around the same time that this blasting began, residents...

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Douglas Valley open cast coal

A planning system that builds public trust must ensure that the information given to consultees is the basis on which the development operates. Any other way and credibility of the system will quickly crumble....

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Hunterston judgement out

Lord Brailsford delivered his judgement today on the judicial review regarding Hunterston and the NPF2. The court’s  judgement in relation to the judicial review brought by Marco McGinty against the designation of a new...

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Why is public involvement in planning important?

Six reasons why we think the public should be more involved in planning decisions. Public involvement helps to make the right decisions The planning system covers a wide range of issues which touch on...

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Planning takes a ‘psychological and emotional toll’ on people

Clare Symonds of Planning Democracy addressed delegates at the Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL) conference in September 2011. Thank you for inviting me to come here and discuss the issue of community engagement...

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Hunterston judgment imminent

The decision on the Court of Session case taken by Marco McGinty challenging the designation of a new clean coal-fired power station at Hunterston as a national development in the National Planning Framework will...