Planning & Environment

Many practitioners are not fans of the short decision letters used by Scottish Government reporters. The Inner House of the Court of Session has upheld a decision letter that was only 14 paragraphs long (ironically taking 20 paragraphs to do so!): “it is perfectly clear from a reading of the decision letter which findings and conclusions the Reporter reached and why she reached them”.

The developers’ frustration is understandable. All those months of work ended in just 14 paragraphs. Even more galling, since the planning officer had recommended approval.


Neil Collar