This week Planning Democracy will be in court supporting the removal of a coal-fired power station from Scotland’s most important national plan. Join us!
In 2009 plans for a major new coal power station appeared in the National Planning Framework at the last minute to the surprise and anger of many local residents – no mention was made of a power station near Largs in Ayrshire in the original consultation and nothing appeared in a newspaper circulating in the area that advertised the change. Planning Democracy believes this is not good enough for a development of this scale and is supporting Marco McGinty in his appeal to the Court of Session to have the power station removed.
Last year, after thousands of objections, North Ayrshire Council struck the power station from their local plans and the company planning to build it backed off. This was a great win for democracy but while the national plan still green-lights the development another company willing to build could come along, and the important principle that people must have the opportunity to influence their local area will not have been upheld. That’s why Planning Democracy is going to court this week to support local Largs resident Marco McGinty in his appeal.
We’re asking you to join us in support!
The case will be heard in the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (6th, 7th, 8th February 2013) starting at 10am each day. We can’t promise it will be fascinating 100% of the time (!) but your presence in court will help demonstrate to the judges the importance of upholding the principle of proper consultation.
If you wish to attend feel free to just turn up at the Court of Session on Parliament Square, Edinburgh (map here), ask for the McGinty case and the staff will tell you where to find the public gallery. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with you phone number and we can make more specific arrangements or explain the case in more detail.