Ombudsman investigating planning decision at Rugby Borough Council

Coventry City requested the meeting with Rugby Borough Council
Coventry City requested the meeting with Rugby Borough Council

A decision allowing a prominent Rugby Conservative to build on his land against the recommendation of a planning officer is being investigated by the Local Government Ombudsman.

Michael Pawsey, brother of former Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, and treasurer of the Rugby Conservative Association, applied to build a two-bedroom coach house on land at the rear of his property in Bilton Road in June last year.

A planning officer at Rugby Borough Council said the proposed development could impact on neighbouring gardens and affect other potential developments nearby and recommended it was refused. But the planning committee approved the application against the officer’s advice and now the decision is being investigated by the Local Government Ombudsman.

The Conservative councillors on the planning committee declared an interest as they knew Michael Pawsey but this did not preclude them from voting.

A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: “Rugby Borough Council operates a three-stage complaints procedure. After a complaint is investigated a complainant may appeal. If they are still not satisfied they may appeal to the relevant Ombudsman service which may choose to carry out its own investigation.”

A spokesman for the Local Government Ombudsman said he could not comment on on-going investigations until they have been concluded.