A gross injustice in current planning law has been highlighted in a petition to be put before Government.
Planning is in disarray in areas where there is no Local Plan and where decisions are made according to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of a site. Planning committees have been forced to approve applications against their better judgement as members have been hamstrung by the developer-friendly policies of the NPPF.
The petition seeks to redress the balance and give Parish CouncIls the right of appeal against planning approvals. As things stand, only the applicant (often a developer with deep pockets) has the right of appeal.
A link to the petition (entitled ‘Give parish councils the right to appeal planning decisions’) is below:
The petition could not be more simple to sign, and reads:
The planning system is unfair. It is one of the few decision-making processes that gives no right of appeal to affected third parties. The government should introduce a limited third party right of appeal by giving parish councils a right to appeal planning decisions to the Planning Inspectorate.
There is a fundamental imbalance in the planning system. Under current rules, if a council refuses a planning application, the applicant is allowed to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. If a council approves an application, no one has the right to appeal. With the national presumption in favour of sustainable development throwing the planning system into disarray, in the interest of justice, the government should give parish councils the right to appeal planning decisions.
Please pass this on to as many people as possible so that a clear message can be sent to Government about the injustice of the planning system.