Planning & Environment

It’s always good to feedback on the success of innovative approaches.

At a recent pre inquiry meeting the inspector (equivalent of Scottish reporter) took the interesting step of setting up groups to discuss the inquiry time needed for each session – there are going to be 4 sessions to consider the 5 wind farm applications and an overhead line application.

The outline statements of case had not provided the inspector with enough information on time estimates for the parties’ cases.

Despite initial scepticism from hardened inquiry veterans, the groups worked reasonably well. The time estimates were produced.

For me, an added achievement was the level of engagement with the objector groups, and the greater understanding it gave them about how the inquiry will work on a day-to-day basis.

That involvement provided some balance on a day that featured lengthy submissions from QC’s (including the QC for the objector Alliance group).

Neil Collar