Report on the Introduction of a Third Party Right of Appeal in Scotland
Friends of the Earth Scotland has long campaigned for a third party right of appeal (TPRA) in planning within a widescale review of the planning system. We have worked with many communities around Scotland who have had no recourse against planning decisions which they felt were unjust, except by campaigning for a costly and confrontational public local inquiry, or a judicial review, where the odds are stacked against them. Developers have the right to appeal against a refusal of their application, and have deep pockets to fund their appeals. It is imperative that communities have the same right of appeal against certain decisions.