With reference to your editorial (NCE 17 June), there is a more democratic way than dictatorship - the parliamentary bill. This was used extensively before planning legislation was introduced, and occasionally afterwards - on the Hull Tidal Surge Barrier in the 1970s, for example.
I assume that this route is still available. It may take a little while to get one introduced, but once in, the procedure is quick, and the whole stands to be a lot quicker than contended applications to the planning authority.
GL Ackers (F), 75 Ocean Court, Richmond Walk, Plymouth, PL1 4QA