We blogged back in September about the new requirement to include on planning decision notices a statement confirming how the LPA has acted in a positive and proactive manner in dealing with the application. I received a grant of consent last week that included such a statement.
It struck me that the statement, accurate as it was, sounded a bit 'odd'. It read a bit like a school report, or a comment on a performance review form.
In this case, it stated that the authority had worked with the applicant to find a way around some potential damage to important trees. They had, but does everyone need to know that? I don't imagine that the officer wouldn't have tackled the issue in the same way prior to the need for the statement on the decision notice.
Has anyone noticed a difference in the way applications are dealt with since this requirement came in?