Comment on: Planning for a local future
I diasgree with planning decisions being taken by Parish Councils, they are often too closely involved with the decision and have ''not in my back yard'' attitude. Of course there should be input into decision, but ultimately this should be left with planning officers. There is often a particular person or group who ''takes over a parish council'' for a period of four years. This is a very small number of people in comparisson to total number of residents in the area and easy to pressure and lobby especially by someone on the inside. It is difficult to address any unfair or unreasonable behaviour of parish councils as ultimately they are unpaid volunteers. Localism is very difficult to make work in practice as most of the time residents are only willing to do something when they ultimately disagree with the proposals, these are usualy people with personal interest in the matter and are not impartial. So pottentialy a planing application will be decided by a few people with little or no understanding of building regulations or planning policies to protect their own interest rather than on its merit and for the benefit of all residents.