“It’s all about money, the environment is secondary”: a case study of public perceptions of the Scottish planning system

Arran Hewlett

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Abstract

There is a gap in existing literature on public perceptions of the Scottish Planning System (SPS), particularly with reference to protecting the natural environment. This project, in aiming to address this, reveals criticism of the decision-making process within the SPS. Most survey respondents felt that the SPS did not seek to protect the natural environment due to a lack of balance in decision making, with the economy seen to be prioritised over social and environmental considerations. Based on this research, recommendations are outlined to help improve future planning and environmental protection policy.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSRUC's Rural Policy Centre
Number of pages2
Publication statusPrint publication - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch Brief
No.2

Keywords

  • Scottish planning system
  • public perceptions
  • mixed methods
  • protected areas

Rural Policy Centre Themes

  • Land use and land reform

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