Planning Democracy Blog


Accountability Scotland conference, 16 Sept

Accountability Scotland is an organisation campaigning for transparency and accountability in all aspects of Scottish public life. They have organised an interesting looking conference, open to all, in the Scottish Parliament on Monday 16...

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A change of law for Portobello Park?

In 2011 Edinburgh City Council granted planning permission to itself for a new school to be built on Portobello Park having first announced its intention to develop the park in 2006. The Council, however,...

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From Fairytale to Reality

Public involvement in decision-making is core to Planning Democracy’s work and as one of the charity’s trustees I’m often talking about creating a step-change in engagement. But lurking somewhere in the back of my...


What’s Left of Planning?

Written by Andy Inch, this blog first appeared in the Scottish Left Review. Who possesses this landscape? The man who bought it or I who am possessed by it? False questions, For this landscape...

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SPP consultation

Read our response to the consultation on the Scottish Planning Policy SPP Review response form Planning Democracy This consultation is being run in parallel with the NPF3 consultation. For more information go to


The myth of sustainable economic growth

The current obsession with promoting “sustainable economic growth” has long worried us here at PD central. The myths surrounding economic growth have to be challenged and that is why we signed this excellent Scottish...