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Planning blunders could be costly

Derby City Council has admitted it may have to pay thousands of pounds in compensation after making dozens of planning blunders.

The authority has revealed details of 61 applications where it failed to follow the correct legal procedures.

A development of 42 houses, a primary school, a fire station, offices and a hotel at Pride Park are all affected.

The council's planning department failed to notify the public about the plans, which date back to 2006.

If any compensation order were made by an ombudsman as a result of the blunders, a council spokeswoman said residents near any affected projects could be eligible for a payout.

Any applicants who had a plan revoked could also be in line for compensation.

Projects completed

It was only when members of the public complained about a mental health hospital being built in the City Gate area that the mistakes came to light.

A panel is to go through each application to decide whether the planning permission should stand.

Many of the projects have already been completed.

If any of the decisions to give planning consent are ultimately reversed it could result in compensation payments.

Jonathan Guest from Derby City Council said: "The really important thing is: 'Did we get the decision right?'.

"Are these developments appropriate in the locations that they've been sited?

"And I hope that, by and large, that will prove to be the case."

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