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 be with us soon.
Planning Democracy is supporting Marco in this case because people living close to the proposed coal-fired power station were not given the opportunity to respond to the decision to designate it as a ‘national development’, effectively removing their right to respond to the need for the development. More details in our post on the case.
Lord Brailsford, the judge on this matter, had prepared a draft judgement in June this year. However, he had some queries in relation to another case recently heard by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court’s decision in this case could have major (hopefully positive) implications on the way title and interest is interpreted in Scotland.
A hearing was called this week (5/9/11) and although the results of the Supreme Court case is not yet available Lord Brailsford agreed to deliver his judgement by 19 September.
If Lord Brailsford finds in favour of Marco the designation of Hunterston as a national development will need to be revisited and the public given a fair opportunity to respond to the plans.
When the court decision is announced we are asking members of the public to write to the local paper and MSPs about your local situation and how the decision is a good or bad thing for local democracy and peoples’ right to have a voice in the planning system. Contact us for ideas on what to write if you’d like to help.