I am writing to request information relating to planning applications that your local authority has received.
Please provide the following information
1. The sum of costs awarded by your authority to appellants that have made successful applications for appeal in planning cases in the years: a) 2015 b) 2016 c) 2017 and d) 2018, excluding residential property planning appeals.
We can confirm that Devon County Council has not paid out any award of costs to appellants during the period specified
2. The sum of money (referring to spend on officer time, on barristers and other legal professionals, on other experts, on venues and as a contribution to overheads plus any other associated costs) spent by your authority preparing for and during planning appeal inquiries in the years a) 2015 b) 2016 c) 2017 and d) 2018, excluding residential property planning appeals.
Devon County Council do not record specific officer time spent on appeals so we do not hold this information.
We can confirm that no money was paid to barristers or other external legal professionals with respect to any appeals during the time period specified.
Further, the hearings took place on council premises and no external venue costs were incurred.