This will make it easier for both prospective wind parc and onshore gas developers, as well as local community groups – to view and monitor such applications on a nationwide basis
Scottish Energy News first raised this issue last year with HOPS – the committee of heads of local council planning departments – and Holyrood MPs on the Energy Committee and shadow Energy spokespeople last year, pointing out that not only will make it make the process more transparent and accountable, it will also enhance democratic engagement with local communities.
In a letter to Scottish Energy News, Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister said: “Thank you for raising the issue of access to planning decisions – I appreciate you bringing this to my attention.
“It may be of interest to you that my officials within the Energy Consents and Deployment Unit (ECDU) are progressing plans for an e-planning system which will quickly allow all information on applications under the Electricity Act to be accessed quickly and easily online.
“It is expected that Phase 1 of this development will be available this summer and that the full system – including online application – will be available in the autumn.”