So the day when Merton planners will make a decision on the Plough Lane development approaches – but not without an administrative hiccup.
The application goes before councillors on Thursday December 10th, with the meeting simultaneously being webcast for those who can’t make the meeting at City Hall in Merton (which is likely to be packed).
Everyone who submitted a comment on the plans (including, presumably, all those AFCW supporters who emailed in helpfully commenting simply ‘Come On You Dons!’ COYD) was sent a letter by the council at the end of last week inviting them to submit a request to speak at the meeting. But the letter failed to mention the date of the meeting, and it also stated that a council report on the application recommended ‘Withdrawn Decision’. Planning officers do in fact recommend that the application be approved.
Whoops! The level of council incompetence would actually be quite amusing were it not for the amount it has cost Merton taxpayers: every letter (some 6,000 of them) had to be resent first class to ensure we all got the correct version a day later.
Doesn’t fill you with confidence about the amount of t crossing and i dotting that has gone on with this application, does it, if something as simple as an informational letter can go out carrying such basic mistakes…?
Perhaps council officers haven’t noticed either that the developers are trying to get away with offering just 9.6% affordable housing when the council standard is 40%?