Planning laws and regulations are very complicated things for someone who has no relevant technical expertise. Having a mentor made me feel I do have some support from a person who has some experience in that process. What I really liked was mentor’s effort to present things from my neighbour’s perspective. This really helped me focus on resolving this issue having in mind that fairness can only be succeeded though mutual benefit and win-win approaches. I felt that Planning Democracy has this at its core!
When faced with complex major planning applications we immediately turned to Planning Democracy for advice and guidance. This group of highly competent, responsive and friendly volunteers was always on hand to provide community support of the highest calibre.
Working with Planning Democracy has always been an extremely positive experience and it has helped our community to gain a better understanding of not only our local planning issues but the issues and experiences of other communities across Scotland. We have learned so much from our involvement with Planning Democracy.
Individual volunteers have worked tirelessly on our behalf to help us respond to planning applications and planning appeals and even took up issues that were problematic for us. Planning Democracy worked to get these resolved so that other communities wouldn’t face the same issues.
Planning Democracy has been a planning lifeline for our community and I’ve recommended it to other community councils and community organisations as an outstanding model of community partnership working.
Monkton Community Council was relatively newly formed when we first contacted Planning Democracy. We were faced with a major housing development in our small village and were trying to gather as much information about how to form a response. They were a great help, listening to issues, sharing their knowledge and helping us plough through the minefield of planning policy.
Following our initial contact, for the past two years Planning Democracy have been our “go to source” for any matters relating to planning. They have always been able to either assist or put us in touch with someone from their network of mentors who can help. Sharing their knowledge has been a key feature, helping us to build our capacity and knowledge base in planning and other environmental matters. They are truly community led and supported Monkton Community Council to engage more effectively with our local authority planning department in order to get our voice heard.
Many thanks to Ann and all at Planning Democracy for your help and support with our local community’s fight against the proposal to increase the height of a nearby landfill site.
This site has been a blight on our community for over 50 years. Where others said our concerns would not be heard, Ann from Planning Democracy was supportive and encouraging. Her knowledge of other sites, the history of this one, and SEPA was helpful in putting the arguments forward in the representation for Mount Vernon Community Council against the planning application. She was well aware of how the extension to landfill affected us.
Most helpful of all was Ann’s knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessments. She checked details and proper wording for our appeal to the Scottish Government. This can be daunting for smaller groups like community councils. The result was that the Scottish Government Ministers ordered that an Environmental Impact Assessment was required for the planning application.
The application has subsequently been withdrawn. This is a great result for the health and well-being of residents in the surrounding communities. The input and support from Planning Democracy has played a large part in achieving this. We are most grateful to Ann for all her help.