There's no shortage of folk in Nairn willing to testify that they feel we do not have a planning system fit for purpose and that the wishes of communities come far down the list of priorities when it comes to planning decisions. This observer has been reading an article by Diarmid Hearns, the Head of Policy with The National Trust for Scotland that has been published on the Scotsman website.
Among his comments on a recent survey by his organisation he says:
"Our survey covered a representative sample of more than a 1,000 Scottish citizens, allowing us to compare perceptions of the planning system by age and gender, by income, and by region. We found there was a consistent pattern of people feeling disconnected from the decisions that affected them. Worryingly, 60 per cent of people surveyed felt they had no influence on planning decisions affecting their local area."
We suspect the many serious of planning matters in Nairn may well be inclined to agree with that and may wish to read the full article in the Scotsman here.