South Staffordshire DC (98/B/3879, 3920 & 3921)
Planning consideration/neighbour amenity and enforcement
Three residents complained that there were shortcomings in the way in which the Council dealt with a planning application at a site which backs on to their properties.
The council agreed to commission an independent valuation to determine whether there had been any adverse effect on the value of a complainant's property resulting from the siting of the house on plot 4 of the site, and to pay any difference to the complainant, plus an additional£250 for her worry, time and trouble in pursuing the complaint.
The ombudsman found no maladministration in relation to the other two complaints.