A word to the wise

We found the following paragraph in a recent appeal decision under ‘Preliminary Matters’ (DCS Number 400-027-227):

“I have taken the site address and description of proposed development from the planning application form although I note these are expressed differently on other documents. I have also taken the appellant’s name from the planning application form but note a Christian name has been provided on the planning appeal form.”

How, though, did the inspector know the appellant’s religion? What we are pointing out here is that in a multi-cultural and multi-faith society such terminology ought to be avoided. It could go unnoticed by some, to others it might just sound a bit old-fashioned, but there are those for whom it would cause great offence. ‘First name’ would perhaps be a better option.

Section 6.47 of DCP Online covers the topic of errors in appeal decisions.