A few weeks ago I wrote about the concerns I discovered considering standing in the last SIC elections and my own and friends' personal experiences with the SIC planning department.
The backdrop here is - in Shetland we have the most draconian planning system in the UK. We have the highest build costs in the UK. We have a system working against affordable housing and sustainable rural development.
To add insult to injury we have a bunch of uninterested and ignorant councillors who think our planning regulations are as they are, because of Scottish Government regulations - not so.
SIC Planning interpret much of the Scottish planning guidelines to their own agenda but, the real issue is the SIC local plan which over-stamps a lot Scottish planning with what the SIC desires.
Despite putting myself forward to set up some kind of action or pressure group seeking change, I only received one supportive contact.
I did get a few encouraging comments from the building trade but didn't want to respond officially (that tells a story).
I can only conclude that everyone else is happy with SIC planning?
Action 4 Planning Reform Shetland