The Ombudsman has confirmed that there will be no further investigation into Stevenage Borough Council, following a complaint about an inaccurately described planning application.

The issue was raised by a resident, who had her name redacted, with "Mrs X" claiming the council had "inaccurately described the site of a proposed housing development when it carried out an early consultation".

She claimed that because of this, herself and others "did not pay attention or comment" on the plans.

But, the Ombudsman found the council had used the same name for the site in the consultation as was used in the Local Plan, and the early consultation had received more than 1,700 responses despite the complainants claims.

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"I do not consider the council’s early consultation was misleading," the Ombudsman confirmed. 

"The location name used is close to the residential address named on the planning application.

"The number of comments received indicates the consultation was relatively successful.

"Owners and occupiers of properties with boundaries adjoining the application site were notified when the planning application was received. Site notices were erected, and a notice was placed in the local paper.

"The council has therefore met the statutory obligations for publicising the application.

"Mrs X has commented on the application, therefore I do not consider she has suffered any significant personal injustice."

In conclusion, the Ombudsman added: "We will not investigate Mrs X’s complaint because we have not seen evidence of fault in the council’s actions. Nor do we consider Mrs X has suffered a significant personal injustice."