Code of professional conduct breaches punished

A member has been found to be in breach of the code by failing to exercise independent professional judgement to the best of their skill and understanding and failing to exercise due care and diligence. The member had drafted a planning support statement concerning the visual impact and planning merits for siting a wind turbine without visiting the site, clarifying the precise location or making it clear that the report was based on Google maps. The member had suggested to their employer that a site visit was necessary but was advised to proceed without, and by agreeing to do so the member had compromised their professional judgement and integrity. The member was warned as to their future conduct.

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