I am writing to make a Freedom of Information request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I would like to request information on the number of planning applications that went to appeal due to the local councillors not supporting the planning officers' decision. Specifically, I would like to know:
How many planning applications went to appeal due to the local councillors not supporting the planning officers' decision in the last 3 financial years.
Of those appeals, how many were upheld by the Planning Inspectorate?
How much did these appeals cost the local government in total?
I would appreciate if the information could be provided in electronic format, preferably in an Excel or CSV spreadsheet. If this is not possible, please let me know and I will make alternative arrangements.
If any of the information requested is exempt from disclosure, please provide a brief explanation of why the exemption applies.
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Dear Frank Glossop
Re: Request for Information – Planning appeals – Reference
Thank you for your request for information, which was received by
Manchester City Council on 12/04/2023 and has been considered under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”).
In response to your request, the answers to your questions are as follows:
How many planning applications went to appeal due to the local councillors
not supporting the planning officers' decision in the last 3 financial
Of those appeals, how many were upheld by the Planning Inspectorate? None
How much did these appeals cost the local government in total? This
information is not held.
A spreadsheet containing the details of the applications in also attached.
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Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.
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Information, Delivery & Support Team Lead
Planning, Building Control & Licensing
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