Ahead of the Grove Ward by election on 7 May, Lib Dem Leader, Councillor Liz Green has issued a warning to residents not to be taken in by Tory claims that they have rejected the Post Office planning application.
Councillor Liz Green said:
“The Post Office application has not been before a Planning Committee and it has not been formally rejected by the Conservative-run Council. If the Tories have demanded a redesign those meeting notes with the developer are not in the public forum either.”
The leaflet read:
Despite Liberal Democrat scaremongering, current plans for the Post Office Site have been rejected by the Conservative-run Council and it has demanded a redesign. We are waiting for those designs.
In response to the public consultation exercise which has involved local residents and campaign groups, this week the developer proposed some design changes to the scheme but this is not a new application. The controversial high rise tower would reduce from 21 storeys to 19 storeys.
Liz Green continued:
“If the Tories have demanded a redesign it’s at odds with what the Leader of the Council, Kevin Davis, said recently about tall buildings when he said:
“It is clear that 21 storeys is a tall building but then we could also argue that 17 or 25 storeys is a tall building. For me, height would be less of an issue if this building was something we could look at and marvel at.”