Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Sandown latest

This is the latest item available on the DPEA web pages regarding the Sandown Lands Planning Appeal, Nairn. It is the response of the Case Worker to a query from the the appellants planning consultants.

"Thanks for the email concerning the progress of the decision for planning appeal PPA-270-632. I understand the reporters are currently still writing the decision on this appeal but unfortunately have no information as when they are likely to have the decision ready for issue. Sorry. I can only suggest you check back with me in a few weeks when I hope to be in a better position to advise you."

Click here for original item on DPEA site.

According to the DPEA site, the Target date for this appeal was 21/04/2010. (The case details are here)

[DPEA - Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals. The Scottish Government]

Monday, 12 April 2010

Good Planning Works!

I have always had a lot of time for Mr Morris of Planning Magazine; try his latest piece here (extract below)

"...the most common criticisms of planning are that it is slow, bureaucratic, blocks desperately needed development or undermines the economy. But as the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) asks this week, is this really the case?

Conventional wisdom usually leads to blanket perceptions that may be totally inaccurate. One of the biggest causes of disrepute is where developers jump over every conceivable hurdle to gain the backing of planning officers, only for members to throw out the application.

How many times have councillors gone against hundreds of thousands of pounds' worth of legal and professional advice on the grounds that they have "local knowledge"?

According to the PAS, however, the system is not quite the symbol of broken Britain that some would like to portray. Where clear and strong planning policies are in place, members are in little doubt about why particular decisions must be made. This gives developers that elusive quality called certainty.

Good planning works. Unfortunately, that is not a message the system's detractors want to hear.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Freedom of candidates speech

Has anyone seen any comments from candidates on planning issues in the press? Are all candidates free to do so?

For more information on who got the most votes at the last few elections click here

For the party political stance on planning issues see RTPI election web page here