The residents group opposing plans to build on the Lowfields sports pitches have warned Planning Committee Councillors that they should not take part in Thursday’s debate on the plans, if they have previously expressed a view on the development.
The Council is the landowner, developer and planning authority for the application. Any Councillor who had previously been present at any discussions about the future of the land, and the scale of any development, could be considered to have “pre-judged” the application.
Their impartiality would be in question, and could lead to any recommendation being invalidated.
The group say that any decision should be referred for consideration by an independent inspector.
Meanwhile, the residents group have lobbied Councillors setting out the reasons why they believe only the brownfield side of the site should be built on (see below).
The Planning Committee meeting takes place on Thursday 16th August starting at 4:30pm. It will be “web cast” (click to view)