An inspector has granted approval of the details required by conditions attached to a planning permission for the erection of a bungalow in west Sussex, finding no reason not to approve them (DCS Number 400-023-429).
The inspector identified the main issue as being whether the details submitted pursuant to the conditions relating to materials, fences, a construction management plan, a tree protection plan and the driveway were acceptable. The council stated that their assessment of the acceptability of the details had not been completed. The inspector appreciated that the council had its reasons for this, but recorded that limited information had been provided to satisfy him that any of the details were unacceptable. Consequently, he had no reason not to approve the details, he decided, allowing the appeal.
We do not know the background to this case. But, if it were the case that a council, not having completed their assessment of the acceptability of the details submitted to discharge conditions in time, thought that the best thing to do would be to simply refuse the application…. it would be wrong.
You had your chance and you blew it.
Section 4.4119 of DCP Online concerns the discharge of planning conditions.