Has Conservative councillor misled Katherines’ residents over warehouse decision?

Planning / Wed 4th Aug 2021 at 10:28am

HAS a Great Parndon Conservative councillor misled Katherines residents over decisions to give planning permission to build massive warehouses in the shadow of their homes?

As we have reported, since 2017, planning permission has been granted for a number of large warehouses off Elizabeth Way.

Residents in Bynghams and other parts of Katherines have reached out to their local ward councillor David Carter for help.

In an e-mail seen by YourHarlow, councillor Carter has pledged to take up residents’ concerns.

Cllr Carter said: “We are now looking into the process the previous Labour administration went through in allowing this development.

“The planning committee was chaired by a Labour councillor and they had the vote at the meeting.”

In light of this, we asked councillor Carter a number of questions.

We asked:

“Could you explain what you mean by “looking into the process the previous Labour administration went through in allowing this development……

“The planning committee was chaired by a Labour councillor and they had the vote at the meeting.”?

“Have you told residents that for Conservative councillors voted for Building E at the last meeting in January 2021.

“If not, why not?

“What did you mean when you said Labour had  “the vote’.”

Cllr Carter had not replied at the time of publication.

The Conservative councillors you see voting for the planning application are:

Old Harlow councillor: Mike Garnett

Sumners and Kingsmoor councillor: Clive Souter

Staple Tye councillor: Mike Hardware

Old Harlow councillor: Sue Livings

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6 Comments for Has Conservative councillor misled Katherines’ residents over warehouse decision?:

2021-08-04 12:58:59

Harlow Council seem unable to cope with plans and projects from avaricious property speculators and consultants, other local and county councils and Harlow residents and our environment suffer. Is it incompetence or are their /there other vested interests or both?Remember the old pals fiasco with PPI! Questions need to be asked and answered to at least ensure transparency and clarity.

Neil B
2021-08-04 16:16:03

Wow...Explosive... Ill say this again to Cllrs on the planning committees....Protect your residents.. ...If in doubt, chuck it out!.....

Tony Durcan
2021-08-04 16:34:42

I really hope this story is incorrect as everyone knows when it comes to planning and regardless of politics the councillor should make decision on merit and evidence. There should be no doubt that this is the planning committee decision not a political party decision. For a senior councillor to make such a fundamental error appears very odd and unworthy. To misrepresent the truth is against the Nolan principles . To try and make some pathetic cheap political point is more to do with the current Tory spin Doctor attitude to truth and honesty. I hope David acknowledges this significant lapse and takes ownership and responsibility. The decision was a collective decision not a political decision.

Nicholas Taylor
2021-08-05 06:48:09

As I have said in another article on this subject, when asked at the public exhibition, the owners agent said that they wanted to build homes on this site but were told by Council officers not to bother to seek such permission. There was of course a Labour administration at the time, I wonder whether Council officers consulted Councillors before rebuffing this offer to build homes? Had the owners pursued this and made such an planning application I wonder whether Councillors on the Development Committee would have agreed with the officers? This is the only area which Cllr Carter can have any concern about the way this matter was dealt with.

Darren Franklin
2021-08-05 07:14:00

Money talks!

Pauras Kolah
2021-10-22 09:37:06

Do Harlow Council believe that they have the right to challenge Harlow Council officers and decisions and even lead the council? Why are they being paid if it is NOT to represent the views of Harlow people?

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