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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....

Parliament Square including St Giles Cathedral and Court of Session, SwaloPhoto/Flickr some rights reserved http://www.flickr.com/photos/swalophoto/5961566459/ 0

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...

Why is public involvement in planning important? 2

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...

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Rosyth container terminal

A container terminal is proposed  on land that was reclaimed, but never used, for the refitting of Trident submarines at Rosyth. The village of Limekilns in Fife overlooks both the Firth of Forth and...

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Portobello Common Good Land

Members of the community in Portobello, Edinburgh are fighting to save a public park and playing fields. A significant number of people in the community are against the council using Portobello Park to build...

Hunterston coal fired power station – the court case 1

Hunterston coal fired power station – the court case

People living close to Hunterston are angry and frustrated at not being given the opportunity to respond to a proposal for a coal fired power station on their doorstep. The development was not included...