I said earlier that the independent panel did not support a third-party right of appeal. We do not propose to remove applicants’ right to appeal against planning application decisions. Without a doubt, we want to see early engagement right at the beginning rather than conflict at the very end of the process.
Many folks have given examples of the third-party right of appeal in Ireland. The situation in Ireland has changed dramatically. Special development zones are being put in place where third-party right of appeal is not allowed, in order to allow for the investment that is required. There is also much more judicial review in Ireland than in Scotland. The key in all of this is getting it right at the beginning rather than having conflict at the end.