Tact and discretion

Planning inspectors are, of course, public servants and must always treat appellants with the utmost courtesy and respect. On occasion that must prove quite a challenge. We rather admired the following phrasing, found in an appeal against an enforcement notice directed at the unauthorised residential conversion of a pub in Oxfordshire (DCS Number 400-025-507).

“The paucity of substantive evidence on the part of the appellant, together with the inconsistencies between the information tendered by him in the not-too-distant past and his current stance, impart a high degree of inconclusiveness into his case.”

Section 5.3 of DCP Online covers the appeal process.