City of York Council
20 January 2013
Dear Chief Executive
Battle of Fulford
Further to my letter of 1st January about the Germany beck planning application, an appeal has now been submitted to the Minister, citing many grounds for overturning the recent flawed designation decision. Thank you for actioning the Freedom of Information requests. I have had an email from one of your officers.
I hope you have had time to study the information I provided in my previous letter which related which officers were involved. I have been able to assemble a reasonable picture of how misleading information was introduced to the planning process. I have sent a detailed document to English Heritage which shows how they were pressured and misinformed in a way that led them to withdraw their objection to the planning application. It also shows that I was not provided with the misleading revised Historic Landscape Appraisal until the misleading and wrong information contained in the HLA had been used to persuade English Heritage to drop their objections.
The information that I have been sent, suggests some serious mal-practice by your planning officers. The original plan was to ask the Ombudsman to investigate this but I believe the evidence suggest that this matter is much more serious.
So my question is whether COYC will take some speedy action to avoid the need to ask the Courts to judge this matter. I would, at the very least, expect all of the existing officers to be relieved of their role in the Germany Beck application and for independent experts to be brought in to re-examine the archaeological, environmental and flooding evidence.
I await your response to my previous letter and the questions that I raised, including my offers to conduct people from COYC round the battlesite.
Encl – FOI request
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