Hi – I am a newbie here and hope somebody can help. I have had a planning application being considered and it is way past its due date for decision. The application went to committee three weeks ago with a strong recommendation for approval by officers. An orchestrated group of objectors at the meeting has forced the committee to defer the decision pending “further discussions” on issues which were completely covered in the officer’s report to committee. It is quite clear that the committee members had not read the officer’s report in detail. Neither we nor the officer (who is as frustrated as I am) can add anything and I can see this being bounced back and forth for months because the committee want to appease the objectors. Apart from time, is there any down side in going straight to appeal for non-determination? The officer believes that we could even recover costs.