Oh come on! What a biased report! Wealden actually said that the application could be resubmitted with their recommendations and stood a good chance of being approved. This is sensationalist reporting at its worse to attract 'outraged' comments from readers who don't know the truth of the matter. We all have great sympathy for Joe, and this matter will be reolved.
From what little i know of planing applications from friends going through it, is that they very rarely every approve the first proposal. Its all haggling, you want the biggest plan possible they want the smallest you then sort out a medium. Yes such "haggling" should be done away with in this case of disabilty, but they didnt outright refuse it and did offer alternatives.
The keys to the bus can be put back in the office.