UK council taking itself to court after admitting errors

A UK council is effectively taking itself to court, again, after admitting errors in its own planning consent.

Applications involving extension works in Steeple Morden and new homes in Great Abington contained mistakes admitted South Cambridgeshire District Council, before apologising to the campaign group, Fews Lane Consortium, who accused them of a ‘cover-up’.

Leader Bridget Smith said the authority was “taking this very seriously” after it began a judicial review, at a cost of about £10,000 (€11,200), to overturn the decisions.

The council blamed “human error when the wrong box was ticked on the planning computer system” after it published a decision notice granting planning permission for the Steeple Morden application while the consultation was still ongoing.

This is the second court case the council has launched against itself after trying to undo its own planning consent on the same application earlier this year at the High Court.

For full transparency, the council has said that it will publish the investigations into the two planning applications.


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