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How certainly, but WHY too, and WHAT might be achieved?
If a LA decision has gone against you,there a number of steps you can consider taking before judicial review as JR is expensive often prohibitively so for many. The first step to consider is the Council's formal complaints process; if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the same you can then ultimately refer your complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman. However this body does not have the authority to force the authority to overturn any Planning decision though the LA will frequently respect the Ombudsman's decisions. The Ombudsman will look at the way the application was decided upon, and decide themselves whether this was fair or not. There are mixed reports of how effective the Ombudsman is at policing the LA but the process is free and some people do find the service effective.
Your other option either from there or as an alternative is to appeal against the Planning decision through Judicial Review through a Court as you refer to. You would need to prove the Council‟s decision was made incorrectly. It is not enough to show that you disagree with it. It is an expensive process. Only those with deep pockets or of sufficient numbers can afford to go along this route. If you win then the council will normally be ordered to pay costs but it is if you are unsuccessful then numbers help because it allows you to spread the cost of the action between you. JR can effectively hold the local authority to account and a judge has the power to overturn a decision if he finds in your favour.
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I concur LGO is singularly ineffective and unable to enforce advice or void PP.
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