ctesiphon wrote:Can't answer all of your questions, tommyt, but I'll give what I know.
Sounds like the usual 'Oh the deadline's tomorrow! Send out a request for A.I. and buy some more time' tactic- a not uncommon occurrence. But afaik, the 'local need' criterion only applies to new builds, which this clearly isn't.
Might be worth your while contacting the LA directly to ask about the applicability of 'local need' to replacement dwellings- without necessarily declaring your hand re involvement in this application.
I reckon they are buying time as well but I don't know how unusual a case scenario this is.L.A. are pretty much uncontactable, I am chasing this one up as a favour for old friends and have brought it as far as I can without getting more involved so was hoping for a few possibly related anecdotes..