All the applications were approved, if with some opposition. Cllr Adrian Robson in particular tried to object on grounds of flood-risk, but he was bullied by officers who insisted he needed technical reasons.
A letter from Environmental & Public Law firm, Richard Buxton, was distributed to the Committee, warning them to expect High Court action. A Councillor brushed this off, saying legal action would follow whatever they decided. The Council legal officer wrongly dismissed Buxton's arguments as already addressed in their report, apparently unconcerned with professional accuracy.