20 Sep What does it take nowadays for someone to join the services ?
It’s not that’s unusual for local councils to ask developers for further extended consultation. But in Scone in Scotland matters become so heated that Councillors have asked developers to rip up their consultation work and start again.Plans to build 700 new homes to the north of Scone, were probably always going to be contentious. A significant voluntary consultation was always going to be required, and even if developers expected a weight of views opposing the scheme, they should have looked carefully at the responses to see if the respondents had merit with their comments.
Consultation is always about feedback,debate and discussion, something opposing groups must accept as well as pro development stakeholders.
Things went terribly wrong in Scone,when it is alleged that representatives for the developers used employees to submit over 100 pro development letters and emails to council officers.Developers defended this action suggesting it was understandable as employees livelihoods depended on the site coming forward as soon as possible.This pressure did not no doubt well with local politicians who’ve asked the managing director of the development company to publicly apologise for the way they have gone about their consultation.