Given the planning controversies of recent years in Nairn and the view of many in the community that the planning system locally ignores what the community has to say then perhaps some readers may be interested in an article in the National by Andy Wightman MSP. He says:
"A new Planning Bill is designed to strengthen local development planning, improve public engagement and provide better support for infrastructure provision. The Government claims there has been a breakdown in trust in the system and I agree. The Bill seeks to facilitate greater participation and upfront engagement in preparing plans and that is welcome. But it does little to rebuild trust in a process which, for too many communities, remains complex, confrontational and open to abuse."
Andy Wightman says: "If you want to see a planning system fit for the future, please let the committee know your views"
You can do that by submitting your thoughts via e-mail on the Scottish Government's Planning Bill call for evidence page here. The call for evidence is open until the 2nd of February