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Appeals List - 4/4/19

Meeting: 04/04/2019 - Planning Committee (Item 326)

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The Committee considered the report of the Head of Planning and Development setting out details of appeal decisions received since the last meeting.


Members were disappointed and concerned about the number of applications for residential development in rural areas that had been allowed by the Planning Inspector.  In response to questions, the Major Projects Manager confirmed that in a number of respects these reflected cases where Inspectors had applied a subjective assessment of the impact upon character and appearance. 


Members also expressed concerns relating to the execution of quality when a number of schemes allowed on appeal had been built out.  The Major Projects Manager explained that often on appeal schemes the Council was left with little control; for example, Planning Inspectors followed the six tests for planning conditions rigidly and often schemes would not have the same conditions that the Committee might apply.  However, where the discharge of conditions required the approval of the Local Planning Authority, there was an opportunity to seek an appropriate level of quality and detail.


Members raised the issue of the effectiveness of certain policies and the Major Projects Manager explained that as part of the Local Plan review, the effectiveness of the suite of development management policies was being examined.


RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.