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Letter: Secrecy Over the Housing Target Was Also Unacceptable

Published on: 27 Oct, 2018
Updated on: 27 Oct, 2018

The “Secret State” Times editorial from Saturday, October 6

From Graham Hibbert

Former chairman of the Guildford Residents Association (GRA)

In response to: GBC Keeps Closed Mind on Open Government

A similar lack of openness showed in the Council not pressing its agent (GL Hearn) to reveal how it arrived at its housing target, thus driving residents groups (the GRA) to pay for a consultant to prepare their own assessment. This was an unacceptable approach for such an important matter.

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Responses to Letter: Secrecy Over the Housing Target Was Also Unacceptable

  1. Ben Paton Reply

    October 27, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Not just contrary to the Nolan Principles, contrary to the NPPF.

    Unfortunately, the Planning Inspectorate seems to have no interest in making local planning authorities accountable for following due process.

  2. Valerie Thompson Reply

    October 28, 2018 at 7:17 am

    They were also breaking the rules when they sub-contracted the research to another company, who claimed their results were their own intellectual property and were not obliged to reveal their methodology. How much more of this secrecy will we tolerate?

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