BREAKING NEWS: Wandsworth is using an AUTOMATIC planning report generator to save time and money!

1 min read

Author: Cyril Richert

Exclusive revelation today by the Clapham Junction Action Group: Wandsworth Council is using an automatic tool to generate planning reports!

The information has been leaked by internal sources: in order to save time and money to reach decisions that have already been made behind closed doors by members of the cabinet, Wandsworth Council has set up an automatic planning report generator to be used by planning officers on some major strategic schemes.

  • You can access the tool at the end of our article.

According to the description on the dedicated website (for obvious reason the address was kept confidential by the Council):

This automatic tool aims at saving money to avoid unnecessary time consuming planning tasks while planning applications have already been decided by the Cabinet Members.

This is little surprise for community groups and Societies in Wandsworth, as it has been suspected for a long time. In 2014, they wrote to the Prime Minister, saying:

“However impressive the planning documents are, they are of little value if planning policy and guidance can be ignored by the Council in reaching major planning decisions.

We do not accept that the Council can simply pick and choose which of their recently adopted policies they can apply, and that the valid objections made by residents can be ignored with impunity. We have made repeated requests to the Council to make changes to the way it is implementing its policies, but without success.”

It is in line with the council’s finance spokesman Cllr Guy Senior who declared last month:

“It is through prudent and sensible financial management, with a relentless emphasis on delivering value for money, that we have been able to keep council tax bills to the absolute minimum while providing some of the best-run local government services in the country.”

So far the address is not protected (yet) and everyone can access it:

Before they remove it or protect it with password, feel free to try it and you will see how relevant it has been in recent planning applications!

Did you like reading this article? Help us write more!

Clapham Junction Insider (formerly known as the CJAG website) has been publishing local news for over 14 years and remains committed to providing information about the local community and engaging in public interest journalism.

Our goal is to feature a wide range of community campaigns and initiatives, local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, and provide assistance to residents.

We have always been dedicated to these endeavours and have no intention of changing. In fact, we would like to expand our efforts further.

Until recently, all the stories, analyses, and reports published have been made possible with the invaluable help of many volunteers. However, it requires a significant amount of time and effort, and we are frustrated that we cannot do more. There are numerous topics we would like to cover, but we require financial resources to provide regular information.

Therefore, we kindly ask our readers to consider offering financial support to sustain these efforts. Any contributions made will help support community and public interest news, as well as the expansion of our coverage in this area.

2 ways of supporting our project

Do you think what we are doing is helping the community and you want to encourage us to do more? We have set up two ways of supporting our project:

  1. Paypal: For one-off contributions, you can just use your bank card. However if you wish to encourage and support us regularly with a small amount, you will need a Paypal account to set up a monthly subscription. Click here to donate.
  2. Patreon: this is a well-known membership platform that connects content creators with supporters. Mainly, it offers financial tools that let supporters subscribe to projects that give creators a predictable income stream as they continue to create content. Click here to subscribe and support us regularly.

If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

CJI editor and Clapham Junction Action Group co-founder and coordinator since 2008, Cyril has lived in Clapham Junction since 2001.
He is also funder and CEO of Habilis-Digital Ltd, a digital agency creating and managing websites and Internet solutions.


Comments are closed.