I am sorry to say that the Tory Chair and Vice-Chair of planning (Cllr Ann Coe and Cllr Linda Golding – both up for election this year) have refused me my right to refer a planning recommendation to the Planning Committee. The application is this one, in St James Road.
This is the email I received from officers:
Your request to refer planning application reference 14/00017/FUL Brunel House, St James Road has been reviewed by the Chair, VCh and Acting Head of Planning. It has been concluded that due to the restricted scope for member decision on this item, it being a decision on whether or not to permit an extension of time to a condition attached to a previous decision and, in view of the very challengeable nature of a refusal, which would probably be regarded as unreasonable, the Chairman agreed yesterday that this was not appropriate for referral.
The referral has therefore not been accepted and the decision notice will be issued as recommended.
I am appalled that I have been denied the right to speak to the committee on your behalf once again (this has happened to me once before and I am not aware of it happening to any other councillor) and residents have been denied the chance to outline their issues to the committee. I have appealed, but I suspect this will fall on deaf Tory ears.
It means that the application to extend this planning permission will be extended for another three years, taking the permission up to twelve years in length.
This does not, of course, take into account the changes in this area – the parking problems and additional homes built since 2005. The only thing we can hope is that if it hasn’t been built in nine years, perhaps it just isn’t viable.
I am sorry everyone, I tried my best, but they will do anything to undermine me I’m afraid.