Councillor ‘Upset’ Over 15 Year Old Planning Mistake
A St Mary’s councillor says she is “quite upset” about a planning mistake made years ago and has asked whether it can be rectified.
Cllr Avril Mumford was speaking at last week’s Planning Meeting, where an application to grant a Lawful Development Certificate for Tanglewood at Pilot’s Retreat was discussed.
Avril said her two stepdaughters live nearby and there’s “a lot of ill feeling” that the home managed to “escape” having a Section 106 agreement applied, which would restrict occupation to local needs and key workers.
She says this was a mistake by planning officers 15 years ago when the home was built and said it means the property could now be sold at a premium to others in the area.
Avril asked whether the restrictions could be applied retrospectively.
But Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden said there was “absolutely nothing that we can do under planning law” because the property has been occupied for more than four years.
He said the matter was “out of our control.”
Council Chairman Amanda Martin said she “can’t help but agree” and that this had been “a thorn in our sides for many years.”
At the start of the meeting, Amanda said she wouldn’t comment on Section 106 agreements because she lived in a property with such a restriction herself, and she left the room while an application at South Tinks was discussed.
But Amanda said the situation at Tanglewood was “highly regrettable” and “should not have happened.”