I have today emailed Tower Hamlets Council regarding potential conflicts of interest between members of a Neighbourhood Planning forum and developers.
The text of this email is below and I will of course publish their response.
Further to my objection to the application by Network Wapping to become a Neighbourhood Planning forum I wonder if you could tell me what procedures are in place to prevent conflicts of interest?
Specifically I would like to know if it would be possible for a member of a Neighbourhood Planning forum to have any commercial links with property developers or owners who have plans for the neighbourhood in question?
Also what procedures are in place to prevent a property developer or a developer’s associates or agents from becoming resident in the neighbourhood in question then joining the Neighbourhood Planning forum and so exerting influence in that way?
I know Neighbourhood Planning forums will be overseen by the relevant Councils but the above issues do worry me and I would like clarification if possible.
It would be helpful to all of this if Network Wapping could also provide information regarding this issue so we all know the situation. I will be happy to publish it here.