Tilting at windmills

We might be tilting at windmills with this one but ‘the tilted balance’ does seem an odd expression. So, although it might be just us, we thought we would pass on a neat explanation from a reporter, determining an appeal against the refusal of permission for a large housing scheme outside Edinburgh, in case it’s helpful (DCS Number 400-035-535). 

“The Gladman decision [Gladman Developments Limited v. The Scottish Ministers 2020] introduced the concept of the “tilted balance”, whereby, if a shortfall in the effective five-year housing land supply is identified, this weights the balance in favour of proposals that would help to remedy that shortfall. The “angle” of tilt will be set by the extent of the shortfall.”

Further explanation can be found at section 7.131 of DCP Online.