Lewisham Council are proposing to raise the threshold on the number of objections needed for a Planning Application to go before a Planning Committee. This puts much more power in the hands of the Committee Chair. It could result in some unneighbourly developments and some very bad decisions. Covid-19 will eventually pass, but bad decisions could be with us forever.
In my opinion Covid-19 is being used as an excuse to do this. Planning department were already missing far too many statutory deadlines long before the virus. The changes will not only affect new applications but also those where the consultation window has closed and which had met the requirements then applying to require a hearing. Having moved the goalposts, I don’t see that LBL will move them back again. I don’t see this as “temporary”.