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Public Scrutiny

Although the new planning regimes will place increasing emphasis on public engagement, there will still be processes of public scrutiny in relation to major development proposals, whether of a public or private nature.

This may involve formal public inquiries, less formal public hearings or parliamentary or commission processes. We have experience of many inquiries and hearings, both as advocates and instructing solicitors.

We successfully managed the inquiry process for the Edinburgh Congestion Charging scheme, which was new and had to be delivered within an exceedingly tight programme. We successfully managed the private Bill process for the Edinburgh tram project, the most complex private bill to be submitted to the Scottish Parliament to date. We also managed and provided advocacy for the public hearing for the Edinburgh controlled parking zone extension, which attracted in excess of 10,000 objections.

We have experience of a range of planning inquiries in relation to local plans, retail, housing, compulsory purchase orders, flood prevention schemes, listed buildings, open cast mining and stopping up orders.

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