I was contacted by the owner of a property who had applied for planning permission for a two storey rear extension to a dwelling in a conservation area (and was locally listed). He had been informed by the case officer that it would be refused. I assessed the application and considered it had a good chance of gaining planning permission. I negotiated with the head of planning at Richmond and requested that the application be determined by the Planning Committee.
I drafted the speech for the owner to read out at the Planning Committee (I was away on holiday at the time).
Even though the planning officer recommended the application be refused, the Members of the planning committee unanimously voted to approve the application and it was duly granted planning permission.