A wry smile about correspondence on the DPEA website about a deadline falling on Christmas Day.
The new appeal procedures set strict deadlines for responses from planning authorities, objectors and appellants. They do not allow for any relaxation of deadlines – not for illness, trips abroad, public holidays – nothing. However, the line that the reporters took in this case is that they would allow responses outwith the deadline “to take account of the postal difficulties over the festive period on an individual basis depending on the circumstances”. A reasonable outcome? The appellant still felt compelled to make his response by Christmas Day.
More broadly, planning authorities are still frequently allowed to respond to appeals late, even when it isn’t Christmas. Perhaps the DPEA should publish general criteria under which they will allow an extension.
On January 29, 2010