You will still need senior executive planners to actually sign off on the decisions though as there has to be some hierarchy but we could do without the board itself.Fairly straightforward solution to this really - get rid of the actual board members, and just have the inspectors. God forbid you just allow actual planners to make planning decisions instead of a collection of various political appointees. What, for example, does a former lobbyist for the waste industry know about assessing planning applications and making informed judgements?
And in case anybody mentions it - Paul Hyde isn't a planner, he's a private architect who did a degree in planning and was appointed to the board two years later. He had no professional experience of making planning decisions.
This will all end up in a costly legal quagmire.