There are the procedural rules which guide planning authorities as to how they make planning decisions; statutory provisions, regulations, guidance, and the principles developed by judicial review and planning appeal decisions of the courts to say what decisions should stand and which be overturned.
Lastly the local government ombudsman makes decisions which can be referred to in order to ascertain what actions will be recognized as being maladministration which, if injustice is caused, lead to a recommendation of action in favour of individuals.
It is therefore not surprising that this is a field where lawyers can play a decisive role in many situations.
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