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Architecture's Basil Fawlty takes on the council and wins planning permission

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Somerset architect John Jessop has been granted planning permission for an 'agricultural implement shed' which was the subject of a now infamous design and access statement (AJ online 22.4.08).

Jessop's sarcastic approach to the Mendip District Council (MDC) document was taken up by the national newspapers.

The Jessop Architects director, who 'went to ground' when the story broke, used the form as a foil to mock the planning process's unnecessary bureaucracy.

For example, under section '6.0 Landscaping' he wrote: 'The applicant and pervious occupants have spent a long time, probably more than 1,000 years, making the countryside around the house look like farmland so that everyone can enjoy the pretty English countryside.'

Commenting on MDC's decision, architectural blogger b2architecture wrote: 'So it's a very big cheer for John, and almost as big a cheer for Mendip District Council for having a sense of humour.

'And if any of the magazines decide to run a 2008 poll for the "most influential" person in UK architecture, I hope you'll all vote for John Jessop and not for Kevin (Davina) McCloud.'

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