TOWN hall officials were today reprimanded over the granting of outline planning permission for a large detached house a in Huddersfield conservation area.
The decision by Kirklees Council was seriously flawed, Local Government Ombudsman Anne Seex said.
As usual with Ombudsman's reports, locations and names are not disclosed in the findings.
But in a hard-hitting report, she accuses planners of breaking Government guidelines and failing to follow their own procedures.
Open debate was stifled because of the rush in which approval was given, says Mrs Seex.
She is telling the Kirklees Council to take independent advice and look at the decision again.
The outline planning permission should be revoked if it is found necessary, says the Ombudsman.
She investigated after a neighbour complained about the way the council handled the planning application.
He protested that the public had not been given the chance to have its say and the conservation area would be ruined.
Mrs Seex today agreed, saying there was "significant maladministration".
She says: "In future the council must abide by law, guidance and its own policies."
The man who complained should be paid £500 compensation by the council to cover his trouble and distress, says Mrs Seex.
Kirklees Council today accepted the application had been poorly handled.
A spokesman said: "There are some interpretations in the Ombudsman's assessment of events that are of concern and we will seek to better understand these."