he is said to have forbidden Defra officials from using the phrase “ecosystem services”, a jargon phrase for the benefits bestowed by the natural world.
So what phrase do we use? Im all for plain English providing it is done from a position of lucidity and clarity not prejudice and ignorance.
Will Civil Servants, Economists and Academics now go around using the code ward – ‘shropshire services’?
Fenland has got itself into a pickle. Its planning committee approved two supermarkets in a town against officers advice where the evidence was it could only take one.
Following Barristers advice that the decision would have been unsustainable on JR all 14 members of the planning committee have stepped down and will undergo training.
What should the Council do? If it bought back the consent it would be liable for massive compensation. But there is an answer, the Council should JR its own planning decision (remember the vote is the ‘decision’ according to caselaw, not the issuing of the paper consent following S106 signature) for being unlawful for going against the NPPF and the development plan without sufficient material planning reason. This is not unprecedented. Councils have challenged there own decisions before, such as in Doncaster where there was corruption. Then there is no liability for compensation.