Bungalow row should have been avoided
BY any standards Bristol City Council has managed to get itself in an unholy mess over the planning dispute involving a timber- framed bungalow in Knowle.
In what is an almost unprecedented set of circumstances planning permission was granted, revoked and then reinstated.
You would think the council had been dealing with a controversial football stadium, not a one-bedroom bungalow.
Now the city council could face a bill for compensation running into tens of thousands of pounds. That's not their money. It's ours. And it will effectively be thrown away.
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Not that Joan Barker doesn't deserve compensation. She does. But the council should never have got into a situation where it risked paying it out.
Somehow what was a neighbourhood dispute has been elevated to the status of a major planning decision.
And with it has come voting along party political lines and potentially a huge bill.
All for us to arrive at virtually the same decision that was made in the first place. Somewhere in this process something has gone badly wrong and needs investigating.