Hi ctesiphon; yes I am sure that that was the reason but of course it will never be proven. How do I know? In conversation with the other developer, he expressed 4 reasons for his surprise that we had planning permission. The 'independent' appeallant repeated these exact reasons (although 2 were totally invalid). A co-incidence? Never. But proof? Only circumstantial. Sure, it's good to have an appeal process but there should be safeguards to avoid abuse. Why should a private individual with no connection to the area, have the right to object? That's what has happened in this case and you have probably read of a similar situation with 2 of your highest profile polititions. And of course, you the tax-payer, have to pick up the cost of the appeal!