Hello my name is Alex and I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply as this is not an ‘on demand’ live service, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return. There is no need to wait here, you will get an email when I reply.
I don't think there is any set legal terminology you need to worry about.
If you set out your position in a concise manner and make the points, I think that is all you need do
Then if it is refused you can take it to the Ombudsman as discussed.
But you are not a lawyer so not expected to write like one
Does that help?
I have taken it to the Ombudsman, but I need to reply the Council's libellous threat. It is tempting to use words like collusion, conspiracy to mislead, dupe. I am trying to find meaningful, but non contentious words - do you have any suggestions?
They are saying that 'unprofessional and even illegal practices' is libellous, so they want proof. I think I can do that but do not want to inflame the situation further by the use of careless words. I emailed the planning committee before last weeks meeting and pointed out that the previous planning application had been forced through when they had reservations about flooding. Council officers promised that the planning committee would not be held responsible, but this was not reflected in the minutes and later the Council was quoted in the local paper as saying that the committee had approved the application - no mention of committee concerns.