Planning and Inclusive Growth

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 5th December 2017.

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Photo of Andy Wightman Andy Wightman Green

I welcome the bill. I remind the minister that the independent review did not include any questions on rights of appeal and that discussions on that topic were banned in stakeholder workshops. Does the minister accept that if we are to have more meaningful, up-front engagement in the system, it is illogical and counterproductive to deny the need to equalise appeal rights?

Does he accept that retaining existing rights for applicants to appeal will inevitably in some cases overturn, frustrate and erode trust in the very community engagement and local accountability that he seeks to promote in the bill?