Many of you will know that Exlax, a developer that works in partnership with TESCO, plans a new supermarket on the site of the former Meteor Ford dealership on St Mary’s Row in Moseley. The due process here has been hijacked by the bully boy tactics of the developer. Now most of us know that money doesn’t talk it swears, but what’s happening here is truly a travesty.
There is no due process.
Despite good technical planning reasons to refuse the application (documented very well elsewhere), despite massive local opposition, despite Councillors on the planning committee voting earlier this month to refuse the planning application, the Planning Officers have been bullied (or some would say bribed) in to trying to push this through for approval.
What is the point of the planning system if applications are decided on the basis of the City Council might lose an appeal. It’s simply not right.
It’s criminal that the councillors on the committee have been threatened by “maladministration” and personal bankruptcy if they refuse the application. They are now between a rock and the poor house, assuming that Birmingham will still have any poor houses after the coming cuts.
The only decent thing to do is resign. Every single councillor on the Planning Committee should resign before the next committee meeting and every other councillor should refuse to join the committee. Surely no committee, no decision.
Come on councillors … just do it!