It’s an unprecedented power grab, that could affect everyone. And it is angering people across Scotland.
Huge industrial plants and other controversial schemes are being bulldozed through by developers, depriving communities of their rights, polluting their environment and threatening their health. This is because the Scottish government has fast-tracked major developments.
The views of residents have been marginalised, ignored or never sought, and they have had enough. So they are forming action groups, arranging public meetings and taking legal action.
Arguments are currently raging over proposals for a coal-fired power station at Hunterston in North Ayrshire, a waste incinerator at Greengairs in Lanarkshire, huge housing developments in Fife and a school at Portobello in Edinburgh.
And this week a new Scottish-wide group, Planning Democracy, is being launched to campaign for reforms to make the planning system fair. People power has been stolen, campaigners say, and it is “an affront to democracy”.
Read the rest of the article published in the Sunday Herald in July 2009 here>