SBCG NEWS

Public Meeting: 24 March

PUBLIC MEETING – CALLING FOR PLANNING APPEAL MORATORIUM UNTIL NEW PARLIAMENTARY PROCESS IS COMPLETED

  • When: Saturday, 24 March 2018.
  • Timings: 1400 hours – 1600 hours.
  • Where: Meadowburn Primary School (Assembly Hall), Lendale Lane, Bishopbriggs, G64 3LL.
  • What: Public meeting including speakers and an anticipated very good turnout from the local community.
  • Who: Speakers include Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine (widely regarded as Scotland’s leading historian), Rona McKay MSP, Paul Smith from Maurice Golden MSP’s office, other invited politicians and local residents.

The purpose of the Public Meeting is to give a local community a voice previously denied to them.

A petition calling for a moratorium of the Jellyhill appeal decision has achieved almost 2,000 signatures and will soon be passed to Kevin Stewart MSP – Minister for Local Government and Housing asking that the appeal decision process is halted until the parliamentary process on the new Planning Bill is completed.

You will hear about the action plans to achieve rights for all.

Background:

This was a local planning application to build 135 housing units including flats and townhouses in a much-loved space on the Forth and Clyde in the area known as Jellyhill.

The plans were unanimously rejected by East Dunbartonshire Council’s Planning Board on the grounds of environmental impact and overdevelopment causing further undue pressure on transport systems and community services.

The Planning Board’s decision received overwhelming support from the East Dunbartonshire residents.

CALA Homes appealed to the Scottish Government’s DPEA (Planning and Environmental Appeals Division). As is the routine, a Reporter (one person) was appointed as judge and jury.

The Reporter decided in favour of CALA Homes, subject to financial provision.

Why the upsurge of protest, both locally and nationally?

A request to register the community’s concerns at a public meeting as part of the decision-making process was rejected by the Reporter.

Alarmingly, such rejection is supported by our planning laws.

People now feel that the Scottish appeal process is a travesty to transparency, natural justice and democracy, and must be changed.

Planning appeal decision-making is clearly imbalanced and in favour of developers. There is no effective say for the community being affected.

Many politicians are expressing concern and support