Our Saturday independent columnist Observer mulls the retrospective planning application for a car park just outside Uckfield.
Talk about egg on face . . .Wealden District Council – the planning authority – having to seek retrospective planning permission for relocating a car park at Horsted Green Park, Little Horsted.
From what I read, the decision to move the car park is justified.
However, the council has broken a rule that many applicants get roundly criticised for: doing the work before getting planning permission.
It’s not the first time a council has had to get retrospective planning permission in this area.
Not long ago, Uckfield Town Council’s revamp of the Ridgewood play area went ahead and it was discovered part of the works needed planning permission.
Cue a retrospective planning application.
The Wealden faux pas illustrates to me once again an unfortunate anomaly in the national planning system.
Wealden District Council is the applicant. Wealden District Council will make the decision on whether to approve or not.
I am sure all involved at the council will carry out their duties to the letter of the law and make a fair decision. In fact, they will bend over backwards to be unbiased.
However, it would look an awful lot better if an independent council made the decision.
For example, Wealden District Council’s own applications could go to Lewes DC for determination.
Any third party who objected to a council scheme would surely feel a lot happier at the end result.
One suspects the mechanisms are not just not there for such things to happen; more’s the pity.
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