Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes yesterday attacked a decision by Southwark LBC to, he alleged, 'get rid of green s...
Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes yesterday attacked a decision by Southwark LBC to, he alleged, 'get rid of green space land in a secret meeting, treating it as a confidential item and neither giving information to the public nor engaging in consultation.' (OA 21 Nov col 445).
He asked environment minister Robert Jones to agree that any disposal of open space, particularly green open space, and of council-owned land, should be the subject of public consultation and should feature on an open agenda for council meetings before any proposal is made.
The minister replied that while he wouldn't comment in an individual case, he agree that in general such matters should be dealt with openly. He said Planning Policy Guidance 17 makes specific provision for such a disposals to be advertised in local papers two weeks on the trot, and for the council to take account of any objections made.