Public Law

Is it just me? Or is there something rather bizarre about Chapter 4 of the Localism Bill? There are no proposals to extend the proposed provisions on predetermination to Scotland. That’s a good thing in my book because if the proposals do end up on the statute book it will no longer be possible to challenge a decision of a local authority as having been made with a closed mind just because elected members had previously done anything that directly or indirectly indicated what view he or she took, or would or might take, in relation to a matter, and the matter was relevant to the decision.

So, in future when the chair of the (English) planning committee says his mind is categorically made up… well maybe it isn’t? You may think you know – but will you be able to prove it?

It’s all going to end up in a bit of a pickle.