Is This The Shortest Planning Meeting, Asks Councillor?
That was the question asked by Cllr James Francis after last Thursday’s session, which saw four planning applications reviewed in just eight-and-a-half minutes.
Two – for a new agricultural building on The Garrison and a couple of dormer windows on a property at Parsons Field – were approved in the first 4 minutes and 40 seconds.
And agreement for a wooden storage shed in the back yard of Mr B’s restaurant on Hugh Street took just 1 minute and 13 seconds.
The application that threatened to delay the proceedings was an extension to the rear of a house at Ennor Close.
Planning officers thought it was too close to the neighbouring boundary and would cast a shadow into their garden. They recommended delaying the decision until a future meeting.
But a last minute amendment saw the wall pushed back by 50cm.
That kept everybody happy and councillors nodded it through.