Should planning officers be on Christian name terms with big deal developers?
It's a highly pertinent question especially as a most 'run of the mill' residents don't get the opportunity to be on terms of intimacy with officers whose advice and decisions can be worth tens of millions in profits.
A recent example comes to mind.
The lead developer on Newcombe Tower seemed to be on too informal terms with Cheryl Severus, the case officer. It was 'Cheryl this, and Cheryl, that' as if she was on the developer's team!
An earlier case involved Alison Flight, the Capco case officer who danced up to the DP9 team leader and planted a big kiss on him when the decision went in Capco's favour.
The Dame may be imbued with Victorian values but she doesn't hold with this sort of hanky panky.
This coziness is not just found on Conservative councils: it's just as bad on Labour-run administrations.
Mr. Stallwood, our planning supremo, tells the Dame he doesn't like officers to be targeted by the Hornet.
There is a simple solution to his quandary: ensure officers maintain a respectful distance from sleazy, greedy developers....oh, and remember it's us residents who pay officers' salaries and platinum plated pensions.