I feel that the hours I've spent compiling and submitting my evidence and the ordeal I went through to ensure that it was heard have been a complete waste of time.
I guess this is the last time that I'll dare take part in a public consultation of any description.
It's only fair that I should apologise to Wakefield Council as I've complained several times on the Express letters page about the way the council handled this plan to build on a green field site at the entrance to the woods in Coxley Valley. The bridge and banking will be built across the beck here (right) removing these hawthorns, meanwhile at the other boundary of the field 50 or 60 mature trees have already been felled.
Letter to 'The Wakefield Express'I'm sorry to have caused so much fuss because, after investigating most of my complaints, the Local Government Ombudsman has now concluded that I have not suffered an injustice. The Planning Inspectorate also listened to my complaints and I'm told that the police have examined this application in detail. After such in-depth investigation I feel that it is reasonable to accept that the Council reached it's decision as fairly as possible within the constraints of planning law as it stands.
However, under the current planning system, I encountered a number of problems in submitting my evidence;
Now that planning law is coming up for review I'm very keen that improvements should be made to allow for a better, less threatening, public consultation process.