The Scottish Government recently passed a new Planning Bill with the support of the Scottish Conservatives, which fails to radically overhaul planning in Scotland.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats opposed the bill, because we believed it handed too much power to ministers at the expense of local communities.
It is still easier for developers to have their opinion heard than ordinary people who want to preserve their natural environment and have public infrastructure which is well designed.
Meanwhile in Edinburgh, the Council has announced the dates of the consultation for City Plan 2030, which will determine what can be built in our area for the next decade. This is subject to the existing legislation, not the new bill mentioned above.
You will be able to have your say via the Council’s Online Consultation Hub at the link below between the 9th December and 28th February: