Shepley on ... another weapon in armoury of the planning officer

The use of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) in planning following their application to fly-posting and soon, I would like to think, companies promoting advertisements alongside motorways has begun to mushroom. I am not referring to the magic mushrooms growing in a cupboard in a planning department in the East Midlands which resulted in an ASBO for a young planning graduate. Happily, this has been suspended after the courts found that the achievement of planning application targets was more important than the control of drugs, adding that quick and imaginative decision-making might even be helped by a dose of hallucinogenic substances.

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