Date lodged: 9 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what legal resources are available to support communities that wish to represent their views to public inquiries into flood defence schemes brought forward under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 1 March 2018
The procedures for Public Local Inquiries (PLIs) are designed to ensure that the public don’t need legal representation to participate. In common with PLIs brought forward under other legislation, parties participating in an inquiry will be expected to meet their own costs. The Scottish Government’s Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) will be responsible for costs relating to the reporter, the venue and any costs associated with advertising the inquiry arrangements.