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NORTH CORNWALL REBUKED AS 'WORST' SORT OF COUNCIL BY CURRY

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Top officers and members of North Cornwall DC have been rebuked by the government as 'the worst sort of local gover...
Top officers and members of North Cornwall DC have been rebuked by the government as 'the worst sort of local government' following 'unprecedented' breaches of planning rule, reports the Guardian (p2).

The council has been the subject of a year long inquiry, ordered by the DoE, which government minister, David Curry, yesterday said had uncovered 'large-scale incompetence, inadequacy and impropriety.'

Inquiry leader Audrey Lees found that 13 planning permissions were granted to planning committee members, or by them to close relatives. 'Nasty houses' were built on 22 occasions on areas of outstanding beauty.

Chief executive, Derek Westwell and senior councillors - including council leader, Kenneth White and Harvey Lander, head of planning, have been given until February to respond to 56 recommendations in the report.

Ms Lees warned the government to keep a careful watch on the 'cumulative impact' of developments like those in North Cornwall, the paper reports. ENDs
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