44. It is not inappropriate for a local authority to have an interest in a development, and also to make a decision on a planning application for that development. However, any conflict of interests that might arise from having this dual role must not influence the authority's handling or planning decision.
45. Planning authorities should seek to treat any local authority interest development in the same manner that it would any other private development proposal. Scottish Ministers expect the highest standard of scrutiny, including a demonstration that such proposals have been subject to an adequate level of consultation. The planning authority's handling of these planning applications must also be transparent, showing that a full and proper planning assessment has been carried out and a reasonable and logical decision has been reached.
46. Ministers will not routinely intervene in local planning matters, simply because the local authority has some interest. But they will be more likely to do so if they have reason to believe that any conflict of interests at the authority may have had some undue bearing on the authority's consideration of a proposal. The procedures set out in this Planning Advice Note will ensure fair and proper scrutiny of local authority interest developments and help to increase public confidence in the council's role as planning authority.