Local Planning Reviews in Scotland

Andrew C. Ferguson, John Watchman


A step-by-step guide to the process of appealing local planning decisions in Scotland

  • Explains the policy considerations and legislative background
  • Describes potential pitfalls for those advising LRBs and applicants alike
  • Outlines the review process
  • Gives guidance on how to present and consider an application for planning permission
  • Considers the human rights and other procedural issues
  • Explores further avenues for redress open to an applicant
  • Local Planning Reviews in Scotland is a practical guide to the system for local planning appeals established by the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006. This Act provides that, where an officer of the local authority has initially determined planning decisions, dissatisfied applicants have a right of appeal to a panel of local councillors: a local review body (‘LRB’). Both before and after the new framework came into operation in 2009, there have been significant criticisms of the law underpinning it, and of the structure and operation of local planning reviews.

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Andrew Ferguson is a Scottish Local Government Consultant specialising in property, transportation and planning law and governance. He is co-author of Local Planning Reviews in Scotland (Avizandum, 2015).

John Watchman is a Solicitor at Watchman & Co and is recognised expert in planning law.

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