Landowner Mr Richard Posner, who has shared ownership of the land in West Bridgford on which proposals have been lodged to build a block of 10 eco-apartments has spoken to The Wire about his feelings on recent community responses.
Mr. Posner said:
‘Many will be aware that Rushcliffe Borough Council planning department are recommending approval of the Kendal Court development. There is a thorough paper which I urge people to read. As part landowner I have always said that legitimate objections will be listened to.
‘Many concerns have already been addressed – in particular in respect of the hedge.
‘Sadly, over the last 24 hours objections have degenerated into libel. I am aware of two posts which have been removed from social media, one directly referring to corruption.
‘I am particularly upset that some of the accusations have been levelled at Councillors Sue and Richard Mallender. They have rightly declared an interest in this case – as our very close friends they have no choice but to do that.
‘I personally would have welcomed their level-headed input, but that cannot happen. Any suggestion, as made at a recent meeting of objectors, that they have had any input into this development is wholly untrue. Any suggestion that they should not have declared an interest shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the requirement for openness in local government.’
A Rushcliffe Borough Council spokesperson said: “In this case Cllr Sue Mallender and Cllr Richard Mallender declared personal interests, and specifically Cllr Sue Mallender under the planning code.
“The application is not in the Lady Bay Ward they represent and only an Abbey Ward councillor can speak at the planning meeting regarding the application.”