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Council's Planning Officers Set To Be Reported

Friday June 21 2013


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BARNSLEY Council planning officers are set to be reported to the government amid claims a housing report lacked impartiality and was skewed towards the plan being approved.

Angry Crane Moor residents intend to write to the relevant secretary of state regarding proposals for a three-bedroom house, off Dance Lane, which are due to be considered by the planning board on June 25.

They feel Barnsley Council officers, who recommended the plan for approval, missed out key information in their presentation to the planning board, including an incomplete application history and misleading details of the site, which prevented members from making an impartial decision.

More than 25 people have signed a complaints form which has already been sent to Barnsley Council's chief executive Diana Terris, Stephen Moralee, from the planning department, and planning board chairman Doug Birkinshaw.

Resident Ann Hamblen said: "For more than ten years the planning department has found the site unsuitable.

"We feel we're now being deliberately manoeuvred into a situation where the developer gets his way, even though it's a ridiculous development.

"After years of repeated refusals for housing plans, they've decided it's okay now but it's the same site. We don't understand."

A decision on the application was deferred for members of the council planning board to visit the site ahead of its meeting on June 25.

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Reply Posted by Don McCarron on Monday June 24 2013 at 09:07
Pin a red rosette on a donkey.........

Reply Posted by STEVO on Monday June 24 2013 at 11:38
Are you at all surprised?