PE01560: Local authority planning appeals procedure

Housing Planning

Petitioner: John Buston


Date Lodged: 09 April 2015

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to eliminate or amend the Notice of Review period of 3 months in order that the Council Complaint Procedure can be concluded prior to a request for a Local Body Review.

Petition History:


12 May 2015: The Committee took evidence from John Buston. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Heads of Planning Scotland, Planning Aid for Scotland and Planning Democracy. Link to Official Report 12 May 2015

22 September 2015: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis of lack of support from the Scottish Government and stakeholders. In doing so, the Committee agreed to write to the Chair of the Review of the Scottish Planning System. Link to Official Report 22 September 2015

Written Submissions:

Comments (0)

The petitioner is aware that there may be alternative options available to ensure a complaint is addressed and would welcome any suggestions of change to the planning system that achieves this.

Presently a Planning Authority may decide that a Design Review Meeting will not be held during an assessment. However, these meetings are recommended in order to help in eliminating ROH error at an early and pre decision stage. Should they be mandatory?

Would adjustment to the operating parameters of the LRB and SPSO provide a solution?

The Royal Institute of British Architects and other Engineering Institutions offer adjudication services. Is there a place for these services to be used where the SPSO are unable to provide an independent issue assessment?

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