Successful planning appeal and council ordered to pay costs
Overturning West Somerset Council’s refusal to grant planning permission

Successful planning appeal and council ordered to pay costs

In a planning appeal, Acorn Rural Property Consultants have successfully overturned West Somerset Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for the construction of a timber loading site and forest tracks, and have secured an award of full costs against the Council.

Acorn Rural Property Consultants submitted and ran the original planning application for the commercial forestry development.  In spite of planning officers and the county highway authority supporting the proposal, the Council’s planning committee refused the application after debating it at two committee meetings.

In addition to allowing the appeal, the Planning Inspector held that the planning committee in making their decision did not clearly and objectively analyse matters.  The Inspector agreed with Acorn Rural Property Consultants that the planning committee had acted unreasonably resulting in unnecessary and wasted costs for the applicant.  Accordingly, the Council were ordered to pay the applicant’s full costs in the appeal proceedings.

View the Planning Inspector’s decision and costs award here.

For further information please contact Brian Dinnis at briandinnis@acornrprc.co.uk or 01884 214052.

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