Investigation Underway After Council’s Planning Applications Mishap

Planning mishap at Kent council
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An investigation is underway after a Kent council mistakenly rejected planning applications with sarcastic comments, such as “Your proposal is whack”.

Action may now be taken against council officers at Swale Borough Council after workers thought they were testing a dummy website, when they were really rejecting and approving real planning applications. The decisions made in August are legally binding.  

Jack Woodfield
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Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.