In dealing with a costs application associated with a Class Q barn conversion appeal in west Gloucestershire an inspector has made an interesting remark regarding the role of the applicant (DCS Number 400-032-738):
‘Neither do I agree that the Council has been dilatory in providing information to the applicant. The Council uploads information and consultation responses onto their website on a regular basis. A busy local planning authority cannot possibly spoon-feed applicants and it is incumbent upon applicants to access the Council’s website in order to obtain information that is publicly available.’
In the context of news reports of the appalling behaviour that planning officers have been subjected to of late – ranging from name-calling through foul language to chair-hurling – it’s rather nice to see an inspector putting an unreasonable applicant firmly in his place.
Section 6.1 of DCP Online concerns costs awards.