Looks like “Dodgy” David Bishop‘s “objective” and “independent” planning department have been using that famous disinterested “quasi-judicial function” of theirs to benefit local business interests on the sly again.
One of the more enduring mysteries of the sudden withdrawal of Bristol City FC’s planning application to build a supermarket at Ashton Gate (Blogger passim) is why did they choose to withdraw this application?
Contrary to popular mythology, the planning application, supposed to be heard on the 5 November, was never a “Tesco application” that needed to be replaced by a “Sainsbury application”. It was always an application to build a supermarket of any brand they liked on the site, so why withdraw it? The name of the supermarket is not a material planning consideration in any way.
Now the Blogger learns that the reason for the sudden withdrawal of this application – just a week before it was due to be heard – was because the city’s planning department had produced a report recommending REFUSING permission.
As a courtesy, this report was first shown by Bristol City Council to Bristol City FC after which it seems to have got mysteriously buried.
This means the football club and their new partners have had EXCLUSIVE access to the reasons for refusal and can now work unhindered to try and produce a new application that will be accepted.
Anybody else, of course, is currently denied access to this public report. Especially those people who might not fancy some shitty great metal shed full of consumer crap and 600-space car park in their back yard.
Isn’t it nice of our city planners – who we pay handsomely for their independence and objectivity – to be handing out a competitive advantage to a couple of favoured businesses?