Diary: inspector told where to go?

To rural Hampshire, where Diary is indebted to one reader for highlighting a recent planning appeal of note.

Planning inspector E A Lawrence backed the New Forest National Park Authority's decision to refuse permission for an extension to a home in Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst. While the inspector's decision is no doubt a disappointment for the applicants, Diary wonders whether, given the name of their property, there was only ever going to be one decision.

The name of the property? Far Corfe Lodge.

Meanwhile, staff at consultancy Boyer Planning in Wokingham are gearing up for Christmas with a mass participation in the five-kilometre Santa Dash at Windsor Cricket Club on 1 December.

Within minutes of managing director Jane Hirst offering to donate £100 to the charity race's entrance fee if at least 10 staff took part, she was inundated with offers from would-be participants keen to tackle the opposition. Hirst said: "This is one of the most worthy charities I have ever come across and I'm really keen to get everyone at Boyer Planning as involved as they can."

The race is being organised by local charity, the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

Finally, time, as we know, waits for no man - and the same is true for local planning authorities, not least of them Crawley Borough Council.

Eagle-eyed residents may have spotted that the authority's 15-year local plan vision is now titled Crawley 2030, the change in name from the original of Crawley 2029 reflecting a delay in the document's expected adoption from late 2014 to April 2015.

A council spokesman said: "The local plan lasts for 15 years. It was expected to be adopted in late 2014 but, due to the complexity of some planning issues, this will now not happen until April 2015. There is no financial cost to the council for this short delay."


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