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Targetism under scrutiny

The Association of Consultant Architects' (ACA) correspondence with the chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate (AJ 28.10.04) has put the spotlight on the meltdown of the appeals system and one of its principal causes: the proliferation of 'quickie refusals' to meet deadlines, long ago predicted and reported here. Ten per cent of planning authorities had deductions made from their 'delivery grant' last year for falsifying statistical returns. The ODPM has called for revised returns and is tightening up on their reliability and on the tricks being employed to meet targets.

Anticipate a bit of a slump in reported performance in coming quarters.

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