In the last 12 months the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council has lost 42% of all the appeals made by members of the public against its planning decisions.
When the Vale of Glamorgan Council planning officers – or its full 21-member planning committee – turn-down a planning application, homeowners or developers can challenge that decision by lodging an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.
The Planning Inspectorate is an independent UK Government body which examines the way the council has come to a decision to refuse planning permission and on what basis it has done so.
Now the Vale Council’s planning officers and its Planning Committee are finding themselves being over-ruled more often than ever before.
In his annual statistical report the Vale Council’s planning chief Marcus Goldsworthy has told councillors that in the last 12 months 42% of appeals against the council’s planning decisions have been upheld – meaning that in the judgement of the Inspectorate the council has made the wrong decision.
Marcus Goldsworthy claimed that the 2016/17 statistics had been “skewed lightly” by an appeal over a housing development in Michaelstone-le-Pit where there were 7 separate appeals lodged on “one issue”. In each of those appeals – the inspector had found against the council.
No overall total for legal costs which have been awarded against the council – and which have to be born by council-taxpayers – was quoted in the report to councillors.