Lincolnshire councillor – both district and county – Charmaine Morgan sits on her council’s planning committee. In 2013, she wrote to the Tory then-Undersecretary of State for Planning, Nick Boles, to raise serious concerns about systemic problems with planning processes that were putting lives at risk.
At risk from fire.
Ms Morgan highlighted huge problems with the way that planning applications are assessed and approved:
- that planning committees are not required by law to consult with fire brigade officers on the fire safety of buildings when considering applications
- that this can result in inadequate water supply, lack of space for fire engines to access fire scenes and buildings too tall for firefighters to reach effectively – at least the last two of these were identified as deadly problems at Grenfell Tower
- massive variations in the methodology and quality of planning application assessment between councils
- that even where sprinklers are…
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