It was very interesting to read the outcome, published today, of the Secretary of State's determination of Gladman's application, under s 62A TCPA 1990. This was an application for planning permission (for residential development) made directly to the Secretary of State - the LPA (Blaby DC) having been placed in what are harshly being termed "special measures".
The application has been refused and the statement of reasons is worth a read, especially for those of you who closely follow discussions on full objectively assessed needs (FOAN), 5 year supply and other linked topics. But on a breeze through of the case this afternoon I took away the following:
- Never doubt the wisdom of NPPG when it says "Establishing future need for housing is not an exact science. No single approach will provide a definitive answer"
- Don't assume the Liverpool method will be rejected.
- If the time taken from application submission to decision is to be typical of these applications (23/4/2014 - 22/7/2014) then they will rise in popularity.
- There is good practice here in terms of the accessibility and transparency of the decision making process (click through to the link above and you'll see what I mean)
- Irony has a place in modern planning.