On the 16th August 2016, Barnet Council's planning department, which is run by Capita as part of the One Barnet Outsourcing contract recveived a planning application to erect a huge electronic advertising hoarding, next to the M1. This plan was validated on the 18th August. The full details are here
The application received eight objections, normally enough to warrant a decision at the planning committee
As you can see, one of these was from the observatory at Mill Hill. Yesterday, I found out that the application had been passed on appeal. The grounds for appeal? That the planning department had not actually bothered to process the application.
To me this is awful. It is disgusting that the eight people who complained have been disenfranchised. It is disgusting because the company who lodged the application have in effect lost one years income. Let's put aside the rights and wrongs of the case. The point is that it is absolutely clear that the process isn't working and everyone, complainants, residents and applicant have been miserably failed by Barnet Council and it's chosen outsourced company, Capita.
Everyone deserves better. If the complainants were right, they've been disenfranchised, if the application was fine, the company has lost income.
The Barnet Tories brought Capita in and it has clearly failed. The Mill Hill Tory Councillors should hang their heads in shame for allowing such a failing system to be inflicted on us.
How many developments are going to go through by default? It is absolutely disgusting. The blame lies fairly and squarely at the door of the Barnet Conservatives who brought in this failing system. It is time to bring planning back in house and have proper democratic accountability.