A bit of an odd one here. A local planning application was rejected by our County Council, and our Parish also objected. It is not supported by the County, Parish or the (by far) majority of the electorate either.
The applicant has now taken it to formal planning appeal, and the Planning Inspector has given the required notices.
Part of that notice is that all comments (Interested Party Comments IPC) have a cut-off 27th July 2022 and presumably be close of play on that day, which we take to be 1700. The clerk has confirmed (and we sort of already knew) that the Parish Council response is classed as an IPC
However, the Parish Council will not be meeting until the evening of the 27th July, so cannot submit a response to the next day 28th, which will be after the cut off date.
Several councillors have asked the Clerk if this is OK, as we are of the belief that without permission from the Planning Inspector, any comments received after the cut-off date are legally discounted. The Clerk has replied (quite tersely I will add) that they can submit late, and it doesn't matter and we don't know what we are talking about! (yes, they do have the God Complex)
This has raised an alarm with us as if it is late submitted and then rejected by the Planning Inspector, it is going to look very much like we have 'done over' the views of the electorate and are now in favour of the applicant (by deliberate act of omission).
But getting back to the main point, can an Interested Party Comment be submitted late without written permission?