Hopefully, this was a one-off, since we hold the Planning Inspectorate in the highest regard, but just in case it wasn’t readers might wish to be alerted to this apology from an inspector under Preliminary Matters in a recent appeal (DCS Number 200-006-021) in order to make the appropriate checks.
‘At the Inquiry it emerged that a number of local residents had made written representations direct to The Planning Inspectorate [PINS] but that these had not been circulated to either main party and had not been placed before me. On behalf of PINS I apologised for this inaction and I formally do so again now. I have asked my colleagues to instigate an investigation so that lessons can be learnt to avoid such a situation reoccurring.’
The following DCP section is relevant: 5.34