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Breach of the law of natural justice?


The council led a campaign against the principle of an Eco Town (LDF option 2) in the district and at the same time held a Select Committee to consider the Eco Town proposals.

I am no expert on the planning process but it seems to me that a council cannot lead a campaign against something and also consider it with an open mind.

It is contrary to the law of natural justice. (nemo iudex in causa sua – no man is permitted to be judge in his own cause).

Does this apparent breach of the law of natural justice call into question the soundness of the Eco Town Select Committee findings? (and is the council using the Eco Town Select Committee findings as justification for not considering all other types of new settlement?)

When the findings of the Eco Town Select Committee were submitted to the government did the council take any steps to make the government aware that it was also leading a campaign against the principle of an eco town in the district? Would failure to advise the government constitute deception?

Perhaps residents in Angmering and Eastergate/Westergate/Barnham should include this legal point in any objections in order to seek an independent and quasi judicial opinion from the Planning Inspectorate?

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