In court - November
A round-up of the latest court cases, including Plymouth City Council and Scottish Water Horizons.
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has reminded local authorities in England that its powers are on a par with those of the High Court. The warning came after Plymouth City Council ignored recommendations made by the LGO after errors made by its planning officers.
An investigation by the LGO into complaints by two separate homeowners about mistakes made by city planners when approving a second application on an uncultivated field uncovered a series of failures. It found that officers had failed to publicise the new application properly in the neighbourhood and to ask the Environment Agency for a flood risk assessment. They had also included the wrong plans in the report to the planning committee and had significantly misrepresented how the new proposals would affect ...