TORBAY planners are to be asked to review the permission given for a controversial playground extension at a Torquay school.
Councillors have asked them to look at whether a retrospective application should be submitted for the asphalt extension to the grounds of Cockington Primary School which sportsmen say has gone too far into the Torre Valley North pitches.
A report to overview and scrutiny councillors was branded a 'whitewash' by a Torbay sports club — who claim the latest change threatens the development of young athletes.
Torbay Athletic Club claimed the report, which admitted errors had been made in the procedure, failed to address the concerns of sports clubs using the ground.
Torre Valley Sports Group have been negotiating for a 40-year lease, but complained in June a 16-metre strip of land had been torn up after Torbay Council approved a planning application by Cockington Primary School.
The report admitted an error on the planning application meant in fact the school had taken 10 times more land than originally stated.
Councillors received legal opinion that no maladminstration had been caused to Torquay Cricket Club.
Ken Pritchard, councillor in charge of education, said: "I am confident and comfortable the correct process has been followed though officers accept perhaps communication could have been better in places."
Lib Dem councillor Ruth Pentney said the due process had not been followed as an application involving council land should not be delegated to officers.
She recommended a retrospective planning application be submitted.
Chairman John Thomas said the issue should be adjourned to liaise with planning officers and members agreed.