Rule changes during the Covid-19 pandemic favour property developers and risk shutting the public out from the planning system, say Scottish civic groups.
A survey of the funding of every community council in Scotland has sparked claims that the bodies are being systematically undermined by a lack of support from local authorities.
Scottish ministers are coming under concerted pressure to give communities across Scotland stronger rights to resist property developers proposing controversial building schemes.
Scotland is facing a reprimand at a United Nations summit for failing to give communities rights to fight damaging building developments.
Campaigners have called on the Scottish Government to reject a proposal for a film studio and power plant near Edinburgh.
Officials acting at the request of a developer aiming to build hundreds of homes for private rent have been criticised.