A major problem facing planners and policy-makers concerned with resources management in Britain is how to provide for more effective participation of the public in decision making process. The present procedures are criticized for three main reasons: only economic factors are considered; consultation with the public is used very late in the planning process; policy-makers sometimes fail to explain which factors have been taken into account. Evidence presented to the Select Committee on Scottish Affairs, and recent experience with respect to the planning of highways, airports, and construction of facilities for oil production have clearly shown that the present approach is inadequate. This paper reviews evidence presented to the committee as to perceptions of various groups of the appropriate uses of the Scottish countryside, and attitudes as to the appropriate note of the public in policy-making. It describes two experiments in public participation undertaken in North America and offers a number of suggestions of studies that might be carried out to determine possible improvements in the public consultation process in Scotland. /TRRL/

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    Academic Press Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Derrick, W
  • Publication Date: 1974-7

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  • Accession Number: 00097820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 10 1975 12:00AM