Cllr Porteous’ call though reflects the frustration felt by many councillors, community councils and residents that the planning system affords little opportunity for them to steer development according to community interests. The current planning system is essentially developer-led, and weighted at key points in favour of developers’ interests.
This will get worse, not better, when the Planning Bill, which is currently passing through Holyrood, gets on to the statute books. The Scottish Government is seeking to water down the already inadequate opportunities for public engagement in the process whereby Local Development Plans are put together. It has also rejected outright the call for equal rights of appeal, whereby objectors get the same rights to appeal a planning decision as applicants.
Linda Holt is the Scottish Conservative councillor for the East Neuk & Landward . The Scottish Field named her among the Scottish countryside’s “movers and shakers” and The Courier included her in its Tayside’s Impact 100 list. Linda has appeared at Westminster and lobbied extensively at Holyrood.