Belly... I don't agree JR it is a "delaying" tactic, as you agree you have to prove a legal issue with the planning application. The development in Gatley remains undeveloped after 10 years and I presume they chose to go elsewhere to avoid the massive hassle and negative press that we gave them!
Whether Stockport Council and asda/college go totally by the (legal)book remains to be seen...
As to councillors supporting the cause... I think its a bit funny really... How often are developments, completely and utterly prior to any formal knowledge of size, transferred to a central planning committee decision rather than a local one? Unless I've read it wrong somewhere wasn't this announced months ago??
I believed all apps went through the local planning meeting first.. and that's when they KNOW what the app entails! The local one can then send it to a central one? This application if I remember all the info correctly has been transferred to full planning months before an application exists!! This frees our lovely councillors to finally have an opinion as they wont be part of that committee, and lets be honest, why on earth, after their initial silence whilst I'm sure they gauged general opinion, speak out FOR a supermarket when the election is looming?