[Bell Historians] Cornhill / CofE Accountability
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Tue Jan 8 18:57:16 GMT 2008
In practice, if you ask the right questions you can find out who has
objected to a planning application. And you can if need be demand to know
under the Freedom of Information Act anyway.
There is an important exemption for correspondence involving enforcement
matters - anything which has been done without planning permission/listed
building consent - because we do occasionally deal with back street garage
proprietors and the like who are capable of taking their displeasure out on
unfriendly neighbours. But the file on a planning application is available
for the public to see. At present, at my authority we don't put objectors'
letters on our web site as there is a legal issue involving publishing
people's signatures somewhere that allows them to be copied, but we aren't
trying to conceal their identities.
From: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
[mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Richard Offen
Sent: 08 January 2008 14:12
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Cornhill / CofE Accountability
> .... modern secular planning control procedures are transparent ....
> No, they are not. You try and get the names of those who have
objected to a
> planning application, so you can talk the matter over with them
> matter goes to the local Planning Committees. You can't. Then you
> the mercy of the personal tastes of members of the committee. The
> we had getting the dormer windows we wanted was unbelievable;
> houses in the area having dormer windows, 'velux' windows were
> 'more appropriate' (and I am talking of a late 50's estate, not a
> conservation area). Finally the committee refused to consider
> simulations of the site.
> Planning Committees, bah, humbug.
Exactly my experience too.
I was told that the information about objectors to a planning scheme
I was party to would be kept confidential to prevent "witch hunts"!
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