It seems I am supposed to be an expert on everything; this question dropped into the Inbox yesterday.
The Council gave planning permission to a builder to build a three storey house right behind our property, right up against our rear fence.
The planning was approved by saying our property has no ground floor windows; we objected but were ignored.
We have documents to show that the Council officers made deliberate factual errors about our property and two neighbouring properties.
They used the fallacies to justify the permission.
We have discovered that the builder has close links with the Council but the Local Government Ombudsman is not interested in our complaint. We want to name and shame everyone involved.
What is the best way of doing it?
I really don’t know the answer to that question. When something similar happened to me I set up a website and look what happened to that. Bexley Council is only slightly less crooked and devious now than it was all those years ago and thousands of hours have been expended trying to get the message out. It annoys Bexley Council but makes very little difference to anything.
As for the Local Government Ombudsman; in my experience a total waste of space. No doubt stuffed full of former local government officers with loyalties to match.
So what can be done against bad planning decisions? Would anyone care to comment?
Note: If anyone in Bexley’s Planning Department reads this, don’t go raking through the files; the complaint didn’t come from Bexley.