Chris - "I understand where you are coming from", I really do.
But it does not help your cause to make silly statements, even if you are joking. Parish Councillors do not make planning decisions - we are consultees only. It is just as likely we will be ignored and a decision will go against what the planning committee decides as it is likely that we will be listened to.
Parish Councils have no power to decide planning matters, which is why Localism is actually a lie.
And I would be just as worried about planning decisions being made improperly if we were given the power to decide them, because there are plenty of undisclosed personal interests among Parish Councilliors. It kind of goes with the territory.