Planning inspectorate just scraping by, panel says

Standards of planning inspectors' casework have declined, a report has found.

The Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate (APOS) said the inspectorate had only narrowly met its target for casework standards, that 99 per cent should be free from justified complaint.

Just seven more complaints in 2006-07 would have seen the target breached.

The panel urged the inspectorate to provide guidance on the areas where most complaints are received.

These included dealing with all main issues in an appeal, even if they have found one particular ground is decisive.

They also included the application of green belt policy and unauthorized entry of unoccupied property in the vicinity of an appeal site.

Overall 65 per cent of customers were satisfied with the inspectorate in 2006-07 - two percentage points down on the previous year.

Timeliness targets were also missed last year, but APOS pointed out that 20 per cent more inquiry decisions and 60 per cent more hearing decisions were issued compared to 2005-06.

The Thirteenth Report from The Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate is available by clicking here. (pdf)

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