Decisions made against officers’ recommendations should be soundly based
15 March 2018
Planning magazine reports that five years ago, in the wake of a string of legal challenges, the government lifted a statutory requirement introduced in 2003, under the General Development Procedure Order 1995, for local planning authorities to summarise their reasoning in reaching planning decisions. But some experts believe a series of court judgments over the past 12 months is effectively reinstating the requirement for councils to justify permissions or face the risk of their decisions being quashed.
Planning Officers Society chair Mike Kiely advised: "You should already be capturing the reasons for going against officer recommendations in the minutes of planning committee meetings. Most heads of development management would already be ensuring this."