While dealing with the TPPA the culture of “I know best because I am an elite and you are just a well peasant” infiltrates right across the public sector including Council’s and their bureaucracies.
The end product? Mediocrity and usually a pretty shit product compared to if you let the people in as part of a collaborative process.
The case of biting off more than you can chew applies as well.
And yes the Unitary Plan processes right now are in their own way proving the above maxims