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“Legal route was the only possibility for Sustainable Shetland”

The pressure group and charity Planning Democracy is launching a campaign to right, what it called, a long-standing inequity in Scotland’s planning system which gives developers an unfair advantage over communities. Under current planning rules if a project is rejected for planning consent, then the developer can appeal the decision. However, if the same development is approved, the nearby community has no right to have the decision reviewed. Frank Hay of Sustainable Shetland explained that in the case of Sustainable Shetland versus Scottish Ministers, over the consent of the Viking Windfarm in Shetland, an appeal process would have been a far better alternative to the continuing expensive court actions. Mr Hay explained that the legal route was the only possibility for Sustainable Shetland to challenge the decision to consent the windfarm without a local public inquiry.