Category Archives: Political process

Council elections: 4th May. Reminder of how councillors voted

The Council elections are coming up on 4th May (remember to register to vote). These local elections will elect people who will represent all of us in our communities going forward. Whilst national politics dominate the headlines, these are not … Continue reading

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The secret meetings that doomed Craighouse? – No Agendas, No Minutes, No Notes !

There has recently been a change of First Minister and also of the minister responsible for planning. The new minister, Marco Biagi, also has a different title, “Minister for Local Government & Community Empowerment”. We are hopeful that the new … Continue reading

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Convenor Ian Perry blocked committee members hearing arguments against Craighouse financial case

Planners and councillors voting for the Craighouse planning consent said they did so because it was the “minimum necessary to fund the long term future use of the category A listed buildings”. However, they had so little confidence in their … Continue reading

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Terrible National Planning Precedent Set by #Craighouse Decision

Please support the MSPs in getting Craighouse Called-In. It takes 5 mins to email to support their submission. All letters are really important. Click on this link for details and sample letter. Terrible National Planning Precedent Craighouse will be used … Continue reading

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Please write to the Scotttish Government and ask for the Craighouse application to be called in. Please do this very quickly. If the application is ‘called in’, the Scottish Government takes over the final decision about the fate of Craighouse … Continue reading

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Caltongate, Angry Authors, Edinburgh World Heritage and that Missing Letter

You may remember that we reported on the situation at Caltongate recently. The controversial development – granted by the planning committee in January – is back in the news with a group of famous Scottish writers calling for it to … Continue reading

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Craighouse Partnership pulls scheme 2 before planning report could be published

Last week, Scheme 2 was pulled just 3 weeks before the planning committee were to decide on it. The planning department was inundated with rejections – it is believed even more than last year which was already a record for … Continue reading

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Who’s Been Meeting Whom? Lack of Transparency on Meetings between Mountgrange and Ministers

In June, we sent a Freedom of Information request to ask what meetings members of the Scottish Government had been having with the Craighouse Partnership and their lobbyists. We were interested to know how much the Scottish Government had been … Continue reading

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Access for Vol-au-vents?

“wine, chat, food, chat, whisky…” It is interesting to read, hot on the heels of the (disputed) allegations made about the conduct of Invicta PA in the House of Commons and our own article on lobbying in relation to Craighouse, … Continue reading

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Challenging “reprehensible” Behaviour of Lobbyists in the Planning System

There is a growing awareness of the problems of lobbying and lobbyists both in Scotland and UK-wide. The Scottish parliament has been looking into the issue, David Cameron promised to crack down on lobbying – and didn’t, and a recent … Continue reading

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