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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-03742: Richard Leonard (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of objections from over 700 people and the decision of the local planning authority, what its position is on reviewing the decision of its reporter to uphold the appeal to extend the excavation area at Hillend Quarry, Caldercruix.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 26 October 2016

In keeping with the majority of planning appeals to Scottish Ministers a reporter from the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) of the Scottish Government was appointed by Ministers to make a delegated decision on their behalf.

Once a reporter issues a decision on an appeal, the decision is final and neither the reporter, nor Scottish Ministers, have any further jurisdiction in the matter, nor do Scottish Ministers have any power to review that decision. Any interested party aggrieved with the decision has a right of appeal to the Court of Session, within
6 weeks of the date of the decision.

The reporter fully considered all of the information submitted by all parties in relation to the proposal, including the appellant's grounds of appeal, the council's reasons for refusal, all letters of representation received from interested parties as well as a visit to the site.