A junior council employee who thought they have been testing a dummy web site rejected and permitted actual planning functions, including a sarcastic remark to every – with the choices now legally binding.
One applicant, a charity boss at an animal sanctuary, was advised by Swale Borough Council her plans have been turned down as a result of “Your proposal is whack”, with a second remark including, “No mate, correct whack”.
One other, looking for to alter a butchers to a sizzling meals takeaway with a supply service, was refused with the feedback “simply dont” and “no”.
Two functions to demolish separate pubs have been each permitted, with the responses “incy wincy spider” and “why am I doing this am I the chosen one”.
The Kent authority stated that on 19 August a “testing error occurred which printed dummy choice notices on 5 randomly chosen Swale functions on the stay system”.
After the council was alerted to the error, the choices have been faraway from the positioning.
Nevertheless, “authorized recommendation has subsequently confirmed they’re legally binding and have to be overturned earlier than the right selections are made.”
It may take as much as three months to have the choices quashed through a judicial evaluation.
The chief and deputy chief of the council stated in an announcement they have been “angered and pissed off” by the “administrative error”.
The assertion from the native authority added: “Along with the wrong selections, among the dummy textual content used to check the software program was not applicable for publication, together with derogatory feedback concerning the high quality of the functions.
“This language was utilized by a junior officer with no data of any of the functions, who believed they have been working solely in a take a look at setting and that the feedback would by no means be printed.”
An investigation is underneath method to perceive what occurred and should end in motion towards the officers concerned, the borough council stated.