Why the risk of councils issuing planning decisions by mistake may be increasing

Recent examples of planning decision blunders by councils should serve as a warning over moves to digitise the planning system, say practitioners, who highlight the difficulty and cost of overturning such administrative errors. Many also believe that the risk of mistakes has become greater due to local authority planning teams becoming increasingly over-stretched.

by David Blackman
The Wheatsheaf, Sittingbourne: accidentally approved for demolition by Swale Borough Council (Pic: Geograph.org, by Chris Whippet, CC BY-SA 2.0)
The Wheatsheaf, Sittingbourne: accidentally approved for demolition by Swale Borough Council (Pic: Geograph.org, by Chris Whippet, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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