SOME councillors did visit the site of a controversial Hempsted housing application despite none of them turning up for a site visit.
Councillor Gordon Taylor, chairman of the city council’s planning committee, said that several councillors visited the lane off Rectory Lane in their own time rather than attending a planned site visit on April 14.
The site visit was called for councillors who were unhappy with the application, which was eventually refused. But nobody turned up to look at where the three-bedroom house would be situated.
Mr Taylor said: “To put the facts straight, this application came to last month’s committee and prior to the meeting I and several other members viewed the site.
“Those of us that did visit were very concerned about the application having seen the site to be impacted. I proposed that the application be deferred to the following month to allow other members a chance to visit.
“It’s true that a site visit was arranged and no one turned up at that time. Those that had already been didn’t need to go again as nothing had changed since their first visit. Others members who didn’t attend on the set date made their own arrangements to visit.”
All councillors who visited the site in their own time refused the application at a meeting last week.