It has emerged that Hart Council officers have held a secret meeting about Shapley Heath with Homes England and the developers. The meeting was revealed in a late response to a question put to Graham Cockarill back in November. He didn’t turn up to the meeting, and the promised written answer has only been provided today.
No wonder he didn’t want to answer the question during the General Election campaign.
The question was put by head the head of the Conservative group on the council, Anne Crampton. The response is produced in full below.
It is astonishing that meetings like this are not minuted. Even more astonishing is that the developers are more involved in the process than elected councillors.
We also asked a question at the same meeting. This was about the climate change impact of building up to 10,000 unnecessary houses. Sadly, the response didn’t really answer the question. But it is clear they are doubling down on investigating Shapley Heath Garden Village.
The full minutes can be found here.