NALC Legal Topic Notes: Planning

[61] THE STATUS OF PARISH, TOWN AND COMMUNITY COUNCILS AT PUBLIC INQUIRIES

Some time ago, the Association received a complaint in respect of a report that had been prepared by an Inspector after a Public Inquiry. In the formal list of appearances the Parish Councilís representative (who was itís chairman) was listed under ĎOther Personsí and the Councilís case was dealt with in the same paragraph as that of individuals who took part in the Inquiry. The Council was not separately identified, as were the two principle local authorities. Since Parish Councils are local authorities with a defined status in planning law and at Inquiries, the Association sought confirmation from the appropriate Department at the time on the instructions given to Inspectors as to the status to be accorded to Parish Councils at Inquiries.


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