An applicant was asked to leave a council planning meeting yesterday after a furious outburst.
Steve McLean, of Hazeldene Meads, Brighton, had already left the meeting at Hove Town Hall by the time security staff arrived.
He spoke out after Brighton and Hove City Council planning committee rejected his request to fit seven solar panels and two dormer windows at his Withdean home.
The application can be found on page 45 the plans list.
Mr McLean had interrupted councillors during the meeting, trying to answer questions from councillors which the council’s advisers did not appear able to answer themselves.
And when his planning application was turned down by six votes to five he said: “So you can’t build a zero carbon house in Brighton!
“You’re forcing me to live a damaging lifestyle.
“We’ve been trying for five years to get this off the ground.
“Why is the planning system working against sustainability?”
Less than two months ago Mr McLean lost his appeal against the committee’s refusal to approve plans for a slightly bigger set of changes to his home.
He modified the plans and officers recommended that he be given conditional approval to his more modest scheme.
The three Green and two Labour members of the committee voted in favour of Mr McLean’s plans.
But the chairman of the planning committee, Councillor Lynda Hyde, voted with five fellow Conservatives to reject the application.
They said that the size and location of the dormers would be alien and incongruous with the surrounding street scene.
And the solar panels would be cluttered.
It wasn’t difficult to notice that Mr McLean was upset by the decision. He may well appeal but – as security staff were summoned – he didn’t hang around long enough to say.
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