Planning appeals

The burden of ensuring the quality of the planning appeals systems in its day to day operation rests largely on individual planning inspectors. Two recent decisions emphasise the high standards of conduct the courts expect of them if their decisions are to be safe from legal challenge.

In Simmons v Secretary of State for the Environment (J Plan & Env Law, April 1985, 253), Mr Simmons had appealed against the refusal of planning permission by his local planning authority, a decision which he suspected had been due largely to the influence of the Chairman of the local planning committee. A public inquiry was held, which the Chairman attended, but the Inspector decided that it was not necessary for him to give eviden

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