We hoping you are still managing to cope with the covid lockdown period.
Planning Democracy have been working hard throughout, keeping an eye on what has been happening regarding the changes being made to planning regulations due to covid. This has resulted in us responding to the Government’s Local Government and Communities Committee consultation on the changes to the planning regulations and also writing a further letter to the Chief Planner about some of our concerns. We will continue to monitor the situation, but if there is anything you feel is not right about the way local authorities are working on planning issues during lockdown please do let us know.
Certainly there seem to be different approaches taken by different authorities so we need to keep an eye out. We have been working with some community councils in South Lanarkshire for example, as this particular council appear to have taken a very timid approach to enabling community councils to hold online meetings. We are putting pressure on them to take a more helpful interpretation of their Scheme that sets out the rules for how CC business is run and to allow on line meetings to be held.
Meanwhile like everyone else we have had to adapt to the social distancing rules which meant we had to deliver a workshop for a 2050 Young Leaders climate group online. We developed this webinar as we couldn’t deliver a face to face workshop (luckily we have some great young volunteers who have helped us with the technology on this, thanks Sam Buckley!) and thought we would share it with everyone. You don’t have to be young to learn eh 😉
This 26 minute webinar includes an introduction to planning and how it works (and doesn’t), a visualisation exercise and we also hear from Ann Coleman who has literally been at the coal face of planning for many many years. Let us know how it works for you and we will be happy to try and make some more on different topics (ideas please!!).
Don’t forget we also have other written resources on ‘How to Respond to a Planning Application’ and Taking Court Action: A Guide to Judicial Review’ which you can find on our spangly new website. Thanks to our volunteer Kelly for making this happen. Please bear with us as we continue to develop the website, add content and overcome any technical hitches.
Enjoy the webinar.