Individual Letters versus Petitions

As more local businesses, residents and heritage organisations across Ayrshire become aware of the proposed plans to build a waste-powered power station—a facility which will spoil the heritage village of Tarbolton the heart of the Burns Country, pollute the environment and jeopardise local tourism jobs—many people called for a petition to halt all plans to industrialise the countryside between Lochlea and Tarbolton, an area closely linked with the Scottish National poet Robert Burns.

Thousands of tourists visit Ayrshire to learn more about places where the Bard spent his formative years, and the major development of the area requires close scrutiny to ensure that the countryside is conserved for future generations.

However, petitions only count as “one” planning objection, even though they may be signed by hundreds of people. To object to a planning application, Shelter Scotland advises:

What can I comment on?

You can make comments either in favour of or against the proposed building work. If you have a good reason to object to the plans, the planning department will need to take this into account when deciding whether to grant planning permission.

However, they can only take into account certain concerns, known as ‘material considerations’, including:

  • loss of light or privacy
  • noise, nuisance and smell
  • potential problems with parking, traffic or road safety
  • what the development will look like
  • the environmental impact (this covers a lot, from fumes, CO2 emissions, to the truck routes used etc)
  • the needs of the local area.

They can’t take into account:

  • any loss of value to nearby properties
  • loss of view(s) (spoiling the visual environment is a different matter).
  • complaints about disturbance while the work is being carried out.

This blog (English) contains information on how to object. 


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