Ashley Graczyk: My local community can't wait much longer for government to finally sort out Planning
Ashley Graczyk, independent councillor for the Sighthill-Gorgie ward in Edinburgh, says that the planning system has clearly not been delivering for local communities for a long time – but government continues to prevaricate on serious reform
WATCH: The drastic adaptation to climate change we need
CommonSpace spoke to Paul Cockshott, Scottish computer scientist, Marxist economist and a reader at the University of Glasgow, about the drastic ways we need to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and the strategy needed for an economic model that can cope with these changes.
PAUL COCKSHOTT speaks about the main changes: food, fuel, fire and flood.
Helen Smith: If this is a Climate Emergency, developers can no longer be allowed to destroy natural habitats
Helen Smith, activist with OpenNess in Inverness, contributes to our special week of coverage on Climate Emergency by looking at how the planning system currently does little to prevent the destruction of natural habitats, and offers proposals for a transparent decision-making process on new developments.
Clare Symonds: Help us create a planning system with community at its heart
Airbnb set to be regulated as short-term lets amendment to Planning Bill goes through
Amendment also passed giving power to councils to buy land at existing use value
AN AMENDMENT to the Planning Bill which would see all short-term lets have to apply for council planning consent has passed stage two of the Bill’s passage through parliament.
Amendment 45 was tabled by Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman, and is an attempt to regulate the enormous rise of short term lets in Scotland, especially through the use of digital holiday letting company Airbnb.
Decision over controversial Edinburgh flat-building plan rests with Scottish Government as locals remain powerless
Property developer Dandara, which is appealing a decision by Edinburgh City Council to reject its application to build new flats in Corstorphine, has refused to meet with local residents who oppose the plan
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build new high-rise flats in Corstorphine now rest in the hands of the Scottish Government, as property developers Dandara take advantage of a right of appeal that local residents do not enjoy.
Daphne Vlastari: We need to take action now to make the Planning Bill work for people and planet
Daphne Vlastari, Scottish Environment LINK advocacy manager, argues that the Planning Bill as it stands will is centralising and will not protect the environment – and calls for urgent action
ONE of the most important new laws for Scotland is making its way through the Scottish Parliament virtually unnoticed by the wider public and the media: the Planning Bill.