Appeal court reaffirms rule on ‘over-critical’ reading of planning reports

The Court of Appeal has reaffirmed the principle that reports prepared by planning officers should not be read in an “over-critical” spirit. Ruling in the case of a development in which a planning officer recommended planning permission but used “curious” language and made reference to an “extant permission” that had no possibility of being exercised, the Court of Appeal ruled that the decision “is not open to criticism on any public law grounds.” The “well-trodden and uncontroversial” principle that a planning officer’s report “must be read as a whole and in a straightforward and common sense way” is designed to
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