The Northern Echo newspaper reports that Stockton Council has lost a 20th planning appeal in the last two years, and paid out a total of £80,000 in costs to appellants.
The full story can be read here.
Separate research by Just Planning (based on statistics provided by the Office of National Statistics) reveals that Stockton Council refuses around 41% of Minor planning applications, well above the national average of 10%.
The quality of planning decisions varies considerably from council to council. Council planning departments develop their own particular futures and come under varying degrees of pressure from local residents and elected councillors.
Our chief executive recently appeared on the LondonLive channel to explain a particular problem in relation to London councils.
If refused planning permission, applicants should also consider a planning appeal. Just Planning are planning appeal specialists, dealing in around 250 appeals per year. Contact us for a free, no obligation assessment of your case. Full details of our planning services are available here.