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Give Us A Hand To Get Equal Rights of Appeal

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Take Action

5 things you can do:

1. Sign up as an ERA champion

By promising to contact at least four community councils or groups in your local area to ask them to sign up as supporters. Email us today if you can be an ERA champion. We will provide the information and materials you need to speak with others and spread the word. If you need further information we will provide support through our new peer network.

2. Become a Planning Democracy supporter

Support us with a regular financial donation or just sign up to get our updates by email. We will send you no more than one email a week and often less.

3. Get your community council / local community or campaign group to sign up as an official supporter

Explain the campaign to your local group and ask them to send us a formal letter of support for our ERA campaign. We will gather these and do our best to make the collective voice heard. Letters can be sent to: Planning Democracy, 5/1 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2HE or email a scan to: {info at}

4. Ask other community councils or groups you know of to sign up

Explain the campaign to any other local groups you know of and ask them to send us a formal letter of support for our campaign.

5. Write to or visit your MSP and local councillors asking them to support the campaign:

You can write a short letter – there is a draft here – and if you have an example of how ERA could have helped your community include that too. If you don’t know already you can find out how to contact your MSPs and councillors here:

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  1. John Colledge

    Apologies if this seems familiar but I have been having difficulty in logging on to the site. If our submission to the Scottish Planning System review has already been posted, some of it might have appeared there.

    Has anyone had any help at all from their local MSPs with planning issues in their area or do they bend over backwards to ignore or worse still, defend them?

    The reason I ask is, local residents were left to establish for themselves why two planning disasters, (including structural damage to some of our homes) had taken place. We now know that those who were responsible for the maladministration that led to disputes in the first place also investigated the complaints. We discovered recently that the performance reports that are presented to both the Planning Committee and the Scottish Government are based on a self-assessment basis.

    It’s been a long hard struggle, but eventually in 2011 City of Edinburgh Council, (CEC) acknowledged that knowingly providing members of the public and Planning Committee with inaccurate and contradictory information was an acknowledged failing in CEC’s planning system. We have suggested that ‘jazzing up’ or ‘selling’ applications in a way that makes them appear more acceptable to the public and Planning Committee than Planning Dept staff must know from their professional training the end result will be, is fundamentally dishonest. No one disagrees with us.

    All local MSPs were made aware of problems in CEC Planning Services several years ago and now they all know of this practice as well. Yet none of them will act, despite their moral and legal obligations to serve the people of Edinburgh, and Jim Martin (SPSO) confirming that deliberate malpractice was a criminal act during his last review.

    Has anyone come upon a similar scenario?

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