As a one-time consultant planning inspector I am continually dismayed, baffled and annoyed by the extraordinary planning decisions made in our local authority.

Two examples:

First, it is blindingly obvious that the forecourt at the Asda petrol station in Newark is far too small. Traffic regularly and frequently queues on the main road to gain access.

This impedes the flow of traffic, exacerbating an already serious problem for this area, and causes dangers for other road users and pedestrians.

I predict it is only a matter of time before there is a nasty accident there.

Second, although there is a national need for affordable housing, it must also be clear to anyone that, setting aside the current appalling problems because of public works, Newark and environs simply cannot cope with the volume of existing road traffic, let alone cope with a huge extra increase brought about by the thousands of new homes that are planned.

In my years in the planning inspectorate I overturned many daft and incomprehensible planning decisions but the top award for these must go to Newark and Sherwood.

I am driven to the conclusion that the local planners must either never use the local roads, or live in an alternate planning reality where the normal rules of logic and commonsense have no place.

In the real world it has to be one of these. — Dr Stephen Pacey, Dickinson Way, North Muskham.