Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:24 pm
The most fundamental tenet of the planning application process is that it's an application. When your application is made, it will be assessed by the council's paid employees (the planning department) and then, depending on a few factors, either approved/rejected directly or referred to the planning committee of the council itself (i.e. elected representatives) for a decision.
In theory at least a council (or its staff) can no more promise approval of a particular scheme in advance than the DVLA can promise you'll pass your driving test. That is not to say that promises/favours/bribes cannot alter this in the real world, though far be if from me to suggest this has ever happened...
Schrödinger's cat walks into a bar. And doesn't.