Extraordinary story in the Cambridge Evening News about Cllr Ian Nimmo-Smith, the leader of Cambridge City Council, taking his own Council to court. Effectively the Council is sueing itself because planning officers approved various changes to a development without putting them before councillors for approval. We await to see how much the fiasco will cost – with the Council Taxpayers of Cambridge picking up the bills for both sets of lawyers.
Conservative councillor Cllr Chris Howell comments:
The City Council is effectively taking itself to court in a judicial review in order to correct a mistake made by the planning department over amended plans for the Tim Brinton site in Coleridge.
I wasn't going to comment on this until the situation was resolved and we know the final cost to taxpayers, but now the CEN has picked this up, I have to say it is yet more evidence that the Lib Dems running Cambridge just aren't capable of managing the basics of planning. They need to get to grips with the problems caused by the flawed s106 planning agreements they made for sites like the station area and indeed the Tim Brinton site, stop trying to force Marshall's off the airport to build thousands of houses on this totally unsuitable location, and concentrate on delivering high quality family homes, with the full informed consent of local people, and with the transport infrastructure we need to support these.