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Statement Closed after initial enquiries Other 31-Mar-2017
Summary: The Ombudsman does not have grounds to investigate this complaint about the Council's decision to issue a Certificate of Lawful Use in respect of business activities at a residential property, and its refusal to take enforcement action about an alleged planning breach. This is because there is no sign of fault by the Council to justify our intervention.
Statement Upheld Other 29-Mar-2017
Summary: There was no fault in the way the Council considered the application by Mrs B's neighbour to extend his property, aside from the failure to note that a window was incorrectly drawn. But this has not caused Mrs B injustice.
Statement Upheld Other 27-Mar-2017
Summary: There was an element of fault in the way in which the Chair of the Planning Committee addressed Mr W. This did not cause Mr W significant injustice in itself, and made no difference to the Committee's decision. The Council was not otherwise at fault.
Statement Not upheld Other 23-Mar-2017
Summary: There was no fault in how the Council decided it had complied with obligations to enforce planning conditions connected with development of a railway line next to Mr X's riding stables. It commissioned an independent report and considered other relevant information before making that decision.
Statement Closed after initial enquiries Other 21-Mar-2017
Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint arising from the Council's refusal of an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness. The Ombudsman could not consider a complaint about the decision itself because the complainant has a right of appeal to a government minister through the Planning Inspectorate. He will not investigate a complaint about service failures by the Council because these are not separable from the decision on the application.
Statement Not upheld Other 02-Mar-2017
Summary: The Council did not fail to make reasonable adjustments for the complainant to speak at committee meetings and at a site visit.
Statement Closed after initial enquiries Other 01-Mar-2017
Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate Mr B's complaint that the Council charged him a fee for his application to vary a planning condition. The Ombudsman would not find there was administrative fault in the way the Council reached its decision.
Statement Closed after initial enquiries Other 22-Feb-2017
Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint that the Council does not invite the complainant to meetings it holds with planning agents or provide information to him which it provides to agents. It is unlikely she would evidence of fault by the Council.
Statement Not upheld Other 21-Feb-2017
Summary: There was delay in an enforcement investigation but this has been dealt with in another investigation by the Ombudsman. There was no other fault in the actions of the officer complained about.
Statement Closed after initial enquiries Other 21-Feb-2017
Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate Mrs B's complaint about a change in the Council's development plan. He could not now investigate effectively what happened more than 12 years ago.