Council planning heads have apologised after an administrative error resulted in planning permission being granted for seven Haslingfield homes.
The green belt planning error occurred after the application refusal was incorrectly listed as an approval. The system consequently generated an approval letter to the applicant. The process has since been changed and additional safeguards put in place to prevent a recurrence of the incident.
The homes are located in the green belt, which is a location where developments must meet higher standards and criteria for planning permission to be granted. The Secretary of State must also review green belt development permission applications, a step that in this particular case had not been taken.