I quite expect we all have tales to tell of town planning departments. I myself spoke at a meeting of the Brighton & Hove Council about the blatant misuse of municipal funds, and the eventual pocketing of half a million quid by one of the councillors. It was a total disgrace.
I got nowhere, but I hadn't expected heads to roll. I'd simply wanted the meeting's minutes to record that the scam hadn't gone unnoticed! Especially by me!
Not many planning approvals are as ridiculous as the one illustrated in the short video above, they usually involve refusals, then the subsequent approval to a friend of the planning officer. I suspect that 'greased palms' must be more common in town planning offices than anywhere else.
In Spain they are quite happy to give planning permission, later change their minds, pull down newly built occupied houses, and confiscate the land. This mostly happens to foreign owned properties, where the proprietors have little recourse.
On two occasions my own parents applied for planning permission on excess land (they simply wanted the outline planning permission to sell along with the house). On both occasions it was refused, but after selling the homes, suddenly permission was mysteriously given.
Back in the UK, housing is in short supply, and developers are constantly applying for permission to build on 'brown field sites' . Such developments come with strict stipulations that they include a good percentage of 'affordable homes'. Such homes, if let to tenants, must be at 20% less rent than similar nearby properties, and if sold to new homeowners, must be sold at 20% under local values.
I do remember (back in the 80's I think), the town of Telford in Shropshire was building a large new landscaped estate on the outskirts of town. It was specified that all the individual developers were not allowed to build their houses within 6 of another one of their own built houses, and no two houses similar; therefore creating a good diversity of building styles and methods, and not some monotone development. I think someone should have suggested that to the Turkish planning folk above.