In January I blogged about the Scottish Ministers calling in 8 planning appeals for housing land. The final case was decided in November. So what’s the outcome?
- Half were refused
- In all but 1 case the decision adopted the reporter’s recommendation
- In the Cammo case permission was refused contrary to the reporter’s recommendation (I should declare an interest – I acted for the appellant)
The Ministers intervened because “the delivery of appropriate housing developments …. [is] an issue of national significance”. Ironically, that intervention has delayed all 8 projects because of the additional procedure. It has also resulted in 1 less project being delivered, because the Ministers reversed the reporter’s recommendation.
With the Review of the Planning System well underway, it’s interesting to note the speed of decision-making: the quickest decision took 6 months (Cammo); the slowest was 19 months (Burghmuir A). Also, only 3 cases involved a hearing (not surprisingly the slowest ones), and there were no public inquiries – under the previous system, all would probably have gone to inquiry.
On December 10, 2015