Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:56 pm
Those closer to it might have a different view.... but worth being aware of the three tiers of the process:
1) Planning officers - like many roles, variable quality, some do a good job, others don't. Planning officers either prepare a recommendation for planning committee, or are sometimes delegated to make decisions.
2) Planning committee - elected Councillors - even more variable quality, often don't understand planning policies and regulations, and are more keen to be seen to have made the right decision from an electoral perspective. (It's clear that some don't even read the officer reports)
3) Planning inspectorate - where you appeal to if you disagree with the decision of planning committee. IMHO they tend to understand the rules and play a fairly straight bat.