"Plans destruction" report out soon
- Published 25/06/12 7:00 am
The report by barrister Eric Owen was commissioned by the committee following last year's finding of maladministration against the council.
A council spokesperson said it was important that the report be progressed through the appropriate channels and that the committee have the opportunity to review it first, to determine how the matter should be progressed.
The council is still awaiting the final report and will publish it in full as soon as it is available and prior to Thursday's meeting.
"It is anticipated that the report will be a detailed one, which will require equally detailed consideration of the findings and recommendations, and the council is committed to giving the report the serious attention it deserves."
Last year, the Local Government Ombudsman, Anne Seex, criticised Warrington for "an extraordinary and inexcusable act of maladministration".
She said the maladministration arose from the fact the council had wrongly destroyed records of planning applications.
The decision had been taken by a senior officer who had since left the authority.
Since 1947, planning authorities have had a statutory duty to hold planning applications on record for people to view.
The issue came to light when two householders at Culcheth complained that the council had failed to deal with planning applications properly, over the development of a house in Twiss Green Lane.
Ms Seex said decision notices were kept - but without the plans and applications, it was not clear what had been approved.
"The ombudsman has grave concern that this represents a significant and very serious failure of corporate governance," her report added.