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Alleged Misrepresenting/falsyfying Information in Planning Appeal Application, any penalties?

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Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

We have recently been aware of a Planning Appeal with the Welsh Inspectorate (May 2017) where at least 4 photographs submitted with 'Final Comments' are false and have been found to have been taken from 4 different websites. Also, one Google Aerial view we suspect, has had its date altered.

These alleged false photographs have been used by the applicant to illustrate arguments put forward to defend her position.

I would like to ask, what are the penalties for including false evidence in a Welsh Inspectorate Planning Appeal Case?

If there are no penalities, we could all do it?
Surely this would not be in the Public Interest?

Yours faithfully,

Sue Baker

Thompson, Philip,

Good Morning Ms Baker,

Thank you for your email of the, I sincerely apologise for the delay in
responding to you.

 

In short no there is no ‘penalty’ for including false evidence in a Welsh
Planning Appeal. However all information provided is impartially
scrutinised by the Inspector who also completes a Site Visit to inspect
the proposed development site and surrounding area. As such if there are
any inconsistencies in the evidence provided this will be noted and
addressed in the Inspectors decision.  

 

Kind regards,

 

Phil Thompson

 

Philip Thompson

Procedure Case Officer / Swyddog Achos Gweithdrefn

The Planning Inspectorate / Yr Arolygiaeth Gynllunio

Cathays Park / Adeilad y Goron

Cardiff / Caerdydd

CF10 3NQ

 

[email address]

03034445962

 

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