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R v. Poole Borough Council Ex Parte. Beebee


Held: dismissing the application, that (1) as the BHS had long been closely involved with the site and the WFN had undertaken to pay R's costs if so ordered, both As were considered to have sufficient locus standi to pursue the application; (2) although local planning authorities were obliged by statute to give reasons for refusing planning permission, they were not obliged to give reasons for granting planning permission; (3) where there was no allegation of bad faith, the court would have grave reservations about trawling through pre-decision documentation in an attempt to establish the reasoning process of a corporate body acting by resolution; (4) in general (though not in this particular case), where a decision-maker fails to take a relevant consideration into account, the decision will be quashed. (N.B.: on March 13, 1991, the Secretary of State for the Environment announced that he would revoke the deemed planning permission)."

[1991] JPL 643

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