Planning & Environment

Eric Pickles is encouraging reporting, recording and filming of planning meetings.

In a first (so far as I am aware), the use of Twitter at a planning meeting is cited as a issue in the planning permission appeal by Long Harbour & Barratt East Scotland Ltd.

The complaint is that the Cockburn Association used Twitter to provide a running commentary during the hearing before the planning authority (City of Edinburgh Council). The appellants note they were restricted to a 15 minute presentation. If they had been aware of the Twitter commentary “they too could have formed an active participant in related supposed ‘fair’ debate”.

The appeal documents include Tweets to “provide a flavour of the foregoing commentary”.

The Council’s response does not appear to comment on this complaint. Given the conciseness of appeal decision letters, I suspect the reporter might not comment on it either. But it does highlight how use of social media raises new issues/ problems.

Neil Collar