- Court clarifies scope of officers’ duties to give reasons for planning decisions (Rogers v Wycombe DC)
- Original news
- What is the significance of the decision for decision-makers and developers?
- What is the factual background to the case?
- What is the legal background to the case?
- What were the grounds of challenge?
- Why did the court dismiss the challenge?
- Council’s decision was not irrational
- Failure to give adequate reasons for materiality of s 52 Agreement
Planning analysis: In Rogers v Wycombe DC, the court held that the local authority had failed to give adequate reasons in considering a material planning consideration when granting planning permission. However, it refused to grant relief on the basis that the outcome would have been the same if the decision had been quashed and re-taken. The decision clarifies the distinction between the reasons requirements in officers’ reports and local authority decisions to grant planning permission.
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