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Complainant Name:
A man

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Cornish Times

Complaint:

A man complained that an article reporting on the latest finding against the council by the Local Government Ombudsman contained inaccuracies. Specifically, the complainant said that the article had inaccurately stated that planning permission for a raised parking platform was granted by the planning committee. In fact, permission was granted by a single officer acted under delegated powers. The complainant was also concerned that the claim that the council’s decision to refuse an application for a similar platform on a nearby site led the Ombudsman to conclude that the council may have refused the first application. In fact, the Local Government Ombudsman came to this conclusion before the council decided to refuse an application for a similar platform on a nearby site, and not because of that decision.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

Local Government Ombudsman decision

In an article headed ‘Council defends planning service’, published on July 11, 2008, we reported that the Local Government Ombudsman had found against Caradon District Council after its planning committee granted permission for a raised parking platform without taking all relevant policies into account.

We would like to clarify that this permission was actually granted by a planning officer under delegated powers, and not by the planning committee as stated.

We also reported that the council’s decision to refuse an application for a similar platform on a nearby side led the Ombudsman to conclude that the council may have refused the first application.

We would like to clarify that the Ombudsman was minded to conclude maladministration with injustice for the first application before the refusal of the similar platform on a nearby site.

Report: 77



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