There was no facility for readers to post comments in response to items in this blog when it used to appear on the Planning Matters website. I therefore added that facility to this re-launched version of the blog so that fellow planning professionals and others can add their thoughts on the legal issues canvassed in these postings.
I should make it clear that this Comments facility is not a vehicle for posting questions and queries on site specific planning problems. Such queries will only be posted if I think they may be of interest to readers generally, and any response from me to those queries that have been published is likely to be only of a general nature. I do not dispense free legal advice.
Please make sure you are posting your comment on the correct blog post. I can't move them over myself, so they may just have to be deleted without being published if they are posted in the wrong place.
All comments are subject to moderation (and some allowance will need to be made for the time that this necessarily takes). I do reserve complete editorial control, and may choose not to publish comments if I think they are not directly relevant to the post to which they have been attached, or if they are not really relevant or helpful to other readers. I don’t propose to publish any ‘house rules’ – comments which have not been accepted for publication will simply not appear. This doesn't mean that the comments were deemed offensive, but simply that they were not considered appropriate or relevant.
Unless I am professionally instructed to act in a matter, I regret that I cannot enter into correspondence or discussion on the issues raised in this blog – I simply don’t have the time to do so. However, if a particularly interesting point arises from posted comments I might well blog on it subsequently in the main commentary.
In future, I am afraid I shall not be publishing detailed queries to which I am unable to respond. These will usually be those queries that pose a specific question about a particular set of facts. Please don’t be offended if queries of this nature fail to appear in future.
If a comment or query raises a point of general interest I may still publish it, with or without some form of response. Comments on particular blog posts that add to the discussion are always welcome, and will nearly always be published, as they have been in the past.
Similarly, I am afraid that I am no longer able to respond to emails requesting ‘a quick answer’ to specific queries. KEYSTONE LAW remains willing to accept instructions on substantive planning matters, for which our usual professional charges will apply, although pressure of work within our planning law team may sometimes prevent our accepting instructions, particularly at short notice, and my own commitments may make it necessary for me to refer new work to other colleagues within our team.
I hope this makes the position clear, and that it will avoid too much disappointment at the non-appearance of specific queries in the comments pages.