henno wrote:if the planner asked for information during the process at FI stage, and the developer did not or could not answer it satisfactorily, then it would be clear to the developer that the decision would be refused... and in this case a withdrawal is the lesser of two evils.
as the application was a valid one, the planners report should be available for viewing after the application is withdrawn.
The developer did supply further information on request. In my eyes it wasn't a great response, but that's obviously subjective. I was happy that the application was withdrawn, but a little surprised at the timing, which brings me back to my original question: is it legitimate for a developer to simply ask (or be told) the day before a decision, what that decision will be? Of course, that might not be what happened, but given the timing, it seems perhaps more likely than not.
In more general terms, I know a developer is allowed and indeed encouraged to speak to relevant departments of the planning authority, before responding to a further information request; but is a developer allowed to speak to those departments or the planner once the further information has been supplied?
I must admit that this is all merely curiosity, to try and get a better handle on how the planning process works. My real interest is in seeing the planner's report, and hopefully you're right about it being available for viewing. Thanks for the response. More responses would be welcome.