Chiltern is regarded as an efficient planning authority because they tick the boxes for prompt determination; it is sad that there aren't more boxes determining the quality of those decisions. It is rather like comparing a burger and chips from a burger bar with the offerings of a cordon bleu chef.
In my supplementary annual report to the Chesham Society's AGM I raised the issue of a lack of post-application inspections, to ensure that the conditions attached to an application are met.
In the Examiner of February 5 CDC spokesman Rachel Prance is quoted as saying 'We have never had the resources to check the compliance with all the conditions imposed on a planning permission and we have always relied on interested parties, be they neighbours or amenity groups, to alert us to breaches.'
If that is the case why do Chiltern consider applications and impose conditions if they know that they do not have the resources to enforce them? It does not make sense.
(One has to live with our neighbours even after any development is completed; is it therefore reasonable for Chiltern's planners to depend on residents snitching on their neighbours to ensure compliance?