Planning appeals are on the rise in Allerdale
Last updated at 13:01, Friday, 27 September 2013
The number of planning appeals lodged against Allerdale council almost doubled in a year, new figures show. Between June 2011 and May 2012 there were 19 appeals lodged against planning decisions made by the council. That rose to 35 being lodged over the following 12 months.
Just two of the appeals submitted between June 2011 and May 2012 resulted in a planning inspector overturning the council’s decision.
Both were for applications that had been turned down by the council’s development panel against the advice of council officers. One appeal was withdrawn and the other 16 were dismissed.
Seven of the appeals lodged between June 2012 and May this year resulted in planning permission being granted and an eighth was allowed in part.
Twelve appeals were successfully defended by the council.
One appeal was withdrawn and decisions are still pending on 14.
Three of the latest appeals were lodged because the council was taking too long to decide. This included one by Airvolution Energy Limited, which wants to erect three wind turbines at Potato Pot, Branthwaite.
A public inquiry was held in April, costing the council £22,560.86 in landscape consultancy and witness fees and £13,200 for a barrister, on top of the cost of planning officer time spent on the case.
Decisions have not yet been made on the appeals lodged for non-determination.
First published at 13:00, Friday, 27 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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No surprise here....Allerdale is 7 years late with its structure plan. If you go to appeal your case is decided on national policies not local.So not only has Allerdale let us down by not getting the local plan done but also they put their head in the sand and pretend that refusing applications they know will be won at appeal is local democracy. Its just Local Councillors using OUR money to cover their embarrassment. Someone should take responsibility for this waste of money and incompetence.
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