We bring you another sorry tale of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Planning Department and it’s simple failure to perform their duties. This has resulted in full costs awarded against RMBC! Anne is on the trail of the answer to that particular question:
Planning Inspectorate: Refs 2179568 etc: The Lord Conyers Arms, The Square, Wales, S26 5QN
I am appalled at the way Officer’s of RMBC have let down not only the parishioners of Wales but the Council Tax payer in general. It is clear from the Planning Inspectorate decision notice that the Officer’s
responsible for carrying out the Planning Committee’s instruction have failed in their duty.
The Inspector states that it was up to RMBC to produce further evidence to substantiate their reasons for refusal of the application. She further states that RMBC failed to do this.
She also says ‘it was not a listed building’
It is not possible to ‘list’ a public house BUT why after the applicant manipulated it’s closure did the Borough Council NOT pursue Listed Building Status to ensure it’s survival?
Can you explain to me, how this dire state of affairs has arisen?
Can you also explain why an Officer of such ineptitude was allowed to represent RMBC at the Inspectorate Appeal?
Can you also explain why the same officer lied to parishioners regarding the venue for the appeal ? (see email below)
The Inspector categorically stated when asked that ‘the venue was RMBC’s choice’
I also attach a report from the same officer supporting refusal at one planning meeting yet at a later planning appeal he reversed his opinion and recommended approval, can you explain this action?
Do I conclude that this Officer failed to provide further evidence to the Inspectorate because he had ‘changed his mind’ and consequently decided NOT to implement the Planning Committee’s decision?
Do the Officer’s of RMBC run the council and do just as they please – or are the supposed to carry out Councillor’s decisions?
The lack of preparation for the appeal has caused
1. the loss of a building much loved by parishioners
2. A large bill for the Council Tax payers of Rotherham
3. Allowed someone who is systematically destroying the heritage of our village to continue his destruction.
I have submitted a FOI request regarding the total cost of this fiasco to ratepayers.
I would be pleased to hear whether you condone such behaviour and indeed what action you will take to ensure this does not happen to any other area.”
The documentary evidence:
From: Peck, Matthew <Matthew.Peck@rotherham.gov.uk>
Sent: Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:56
Subject: RE: Site at the Lord Conyers, The Square, Wales, Rotherham, S26 5QNDear Mrs ,
I can confirm that Wales Parish Council did not make any comments or object to any of the applications that related to the demolition of the Lord Conyers and the redevelopment of the site.
Planning and Conservation Officer
Planning & Regeneration Service