Planning breach probe is rejected

The Bolton News: Cllr Andy Morgan Cllr Andy Morgan

A BID for alleged manipulation of the planning process to be scrutinised has been knocked back by councillors.

Cllr Andy Morgan called on members at Bolton Council to support an investigation into the number of breaches of planning consent and enforcement actions, plus the amount of retrospective applications per ward and whether they were approved.

He also wanted a ‘Task and Finish’ policy development group (PDG) to look into the whole planning enforce-ment policy to make sure it was fit for purpose.

It follows a number of high profile and controversial decisions including an extension to a Sharples home, which was built significantly differently to the original plans.

But during a debate at full council on Wednesday Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said a PDG group made up of councillors across the political spectrum already exists in the council.

It has the power to examine suspicious activity in committees across the authority — but he added he didn’t think there was a problem with the planning system.

Cllr Morris said: “I’m disappointed in this motion — it’s implying that we are a bit bent in planning. We are not.

“It’s the law of the land – if someone wants to ask for retrospective planning permission we judge the application individually.

“There is no way my members can support this.”

Speaking after the debate Cllr Morgan stressed that the motion was not a criticism of council officers, but about making sure that the planning system was fit for purpose.

He said: “I’m confused and very, very disappointed. They were playing politics.

“The leader said he would put it to a PDG — that’s exactly what we were asking for via the motion. This motion was about giving confidence back to the public, and showing that the planning system is open, transparent and playing to the rules.

“I was surprised that the chairman of the planning committee didn’t get up and speak about the motion — you would think he would have wanted all the checks in place to give the confidence back to the public.

“We will be taking Cllr Morris up on his offer of a PDG, as we still want the process reviewed.”

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7:35pm Thu 5 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

Cliff Morris "I’m disappointed in this motion — it’s implying that we are a bit bent in planning. We are not.

Really there must be comcerns not investigating is breaching trust of the residents effected by retrospective planning decissions.

ombudsman !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!
Cliff Morris "I’m disappointed in this motion — it’s implying that we are a bit bent in planning. We are not. Really there must be comcerns not investigating is breaching trust of the residents effected by retrospective planning decissions. ombudsman !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! serendipity2

8:14pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Wolfie190 says...

Well Cllr Andy Morgan had a go for the public to make them accountable but the council were having non of it.
Well Cllr Andy Morgan had a go for the public to make them accountable but the council were having non of it. Wolfie190

8:27pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Wait minute, he is bent that Morris... wasn't he stating the other week that he was to speed up a planning application regarding some tenure in the TC?

I knew I should have bookmarked the article for future reference. Someone had commented... "So Cliff is above the planning laws" or something similar... I will look for it until someone else comes forward.
Wait minute, he is bent that Morris... wasn't he stating the other week that he was to speed up a planning application regarding some tenure in the TC? I knew I should have bookmarked the article for future reference. Someone had commented... "So Cliff is above the planning laws" or something similar... I will look for it until someone else comes forward. Beyond News Forum

8:29pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Ahhh here it is... blinder.

" However, council leader Cllr Cliff Morris pledged that, if necessary, a special planning committee meeting would be arranged to speed it through."

http://www.thebolton
news.co.uk/news/1083
3691.The_Market_Plac
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That man is a liability!
Ahhh here it is... blinder. " However, council leader Cllr Cliff Morris pledged that, if necessary, a special planning committee meeting would be arranged to speed it through." http://www.thebolton news.co.uk/news/1083 3691.The_Market_Plac e_to_be_transformed_ into_new_shopping__c inema_and_restaurant _complex/ That man is a liability! Beyond News Forum

8:31pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

^^^^^^THIS EVERYONE^^^^^^^
^^^^^^THIS EVERYONE^^^^^^^ Beyond News Forum

9:07pm Thu 5 Dec 13

owencoyle99 says...

Why worry when we have Nick Peel who will get anything passed
Why worry when we have Nick Peel who will get anything passed owencoyle99

9:50pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Donkey Stone says...

Wasn't a former chair of the planning commitee done for running an illegal Taxi service? Nothing much has changed has it?
Wasn't a former chair of the planning commitee done for running an illegal Taxi service? Nothing much has changed has it? Donkey Stone

10:00pm Thu 5 Dec 13

AndrewMartinS says...

This was a good motion, I'm sorry Labour's councillors voted it down - can anyone give a satisfactory answer as to why?
This was a good motion, I'm sorry Labour's councillors voted it down - can anyone give a satisfactory answer as to why? AndrewMartinS

10:08pm Thu 5 Dec 13

LordLeverhulme says...

Beyond News beat me to it. Absolutely spot on.

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Beyond News beat me to it. Absolutely spot on. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. LordLeverhulme

10:53pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

LordLeverhulme wrote:
Beyond News beat me to it. Absolutely spot on.

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Popcorn time... ;)
[quote][p][bold]LordLeverhulme[/bold] wrote: Beyond News beat me to it. Absolutely spot on. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.[/p][/quote]Popcorn time... ;) Beyond News Forum

10:56pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

AndrewMartinS wrote:
This was a good motion, I'm sorry Labour's councillors voted it down - can anyone give a satisfactory answer as to why?
Well... when your finger is firmly in the pie, why take it out unless it is to clean your finger?

Maybe that finger just doooeeesn't wanna be cleaned
[quote][p][bold]AndrewMartinS[/bold] wrote: This was a good motion, I'm sorry Labour's councillors voted it down - can anyone give a satisfactory answer as to why?[/p][/quote]Well... when your finger is firmly in the pie, why take it out unless it is to clean your finger? Maybe that finger just doooeeesn't wanna be cleaned Beyond News Forum

10:57pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
Well Cllr Andy Morgan had a go for the public to make them accountable but the council were having non of it.
hehehehehehehe... *reaches for more popcorn*
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: Well Cllr Andy Morgan had a go for the public to make them accountable but the council were having non of it.[/p][/quote]hehehehehehehe... *reaches for more popcorn* Beyond News Forum

10:59pm Thu 5 Dec 13

DavidSmeth says...

What has Mr Morris got to hide? Counsellor Morgan for leader of council.
What has Mr Morris got to hide? Counsellor Morgan for leader of council. DavidSmeth

11:01pm Thu 5 Dec 13

DavidSmeth says...

What has cliff Morris got to hide?
What has cliff Morris got to hide? DavidSmeth

3:33pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Mike23 says...

You have to laugh eh…if it was real you'd cry
You have to laugh eh…if it was real you'd cry Mike23

3:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

leaf49 says...

Why is it that everybody and his dog seems to know who is bent but does nothing to get rid.

Councilor morris is not on the planning committee but has a finger in in every dodgy pie.

Proveable stories to 49regent@gmail.com
Why is it that everybody and his dog seems to know who is bent but does nothing to get rid. Councilor morris is not on the planning committee but has a finger in in every dodgy pie. Proveable stories to 49regent@gmail.com leaf49

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