7 Who will decide the appeal?
The vast majority of appeals are considered and decided by Scottish Government reporters. The reporter is appointed by Scottish Ministers to make the decision on their behalf.
A very small number of appeals are not delegated to reporters for decision; but instead are 'recalled' by Scottish Ministers who will then make the final decision themselves. In those cases, the appeal will still be examined by a reporter, who will then write a report and make a recommendation for Ministers to consider before they make their decision. Ministers do not have to agree with the reporter's recommendation. In general, an appeal will be recalled for Ministerial decision only where it raises issues of genuine national interest, or perhaps where Ministers are to make a decision on a separate, but clearly related, matter. A substantial level of public interest in a development does not in itself provide sufficient grounds for an appeal to be recalled.