SNH is doing a customer survey. Their customers it would seem are developers and planners, not the people who pay their wages! I think all of us who have to deal with SNH have been extremely disappointed at their behaviour and lack of protection for Scotland’s Natural Heritage. A previous survey suggests that their relationship with developers is far too close for a body tasked to protect the environment. But then their previous Chairman clearly stated that when the Minister says jump, they say how high!
SNH Planning & Development – Customer Survey 2014
Why Research has been commissioned to undertake a short online survey among Planning System customers. Here is the link to this anonymous survey, which is hosted by Why Research, an independent market research company. Feel free to have your say! Date they have to be in for is 4th Aug 2014.
I have been sent one response which I think hit the nail on the head. You may wish to read it.
So our assessment: SNH is so indoctrinated by Groupthink and obeisance to Scottish Ministers aspirations that there is virtually nothing will change them. We know of people that sit on the committees that decide policy and they live in another world. Question a policy, based on fact and peer review, and you might as well suggest they eat their babies! SNH and their advisors could NEVER be WRONG!! On the 50 mm lens, industry standard(?) for photo montages we raised strong objections. SNH advice actually says lens in excess of 50mm but SNH has never challenged a single developer on that inconvenient fact! New Visualisation Guidance is still stuck in their time warp. That we were able to provide world leading experts in camera technology and world leading practitioners in photo montages, now backed up by Stirling University and also by the 75mm lens requirement of The Highland Council for planning applications. Interestingly community presentation nearly always revert to the 50mm lens despite 75mm being provided to the planners. Reason for that is obvious to a blind man! The SNH response to Beinn Mhor at Glen Affric is simply unbelievable. On numerous aspects it raises serious issues but concludes each by a quote from the ES which is almost farcical! Could Scottish Natural Heritage be better described as the developer’s boot licking department? Because it is not the protector of our natural heritage.