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From: Robert Lindsay <lindsay.robert@hotmail.co.uk>
To: xxxx
Sent: Monday, 25 February 2013, 14:23
Subject: RE: Complaint about NLP to RTPI

25 Feb 2013

The Complaints Investigator,
Royal Town Planning Institute,
41 Botolph Lane,
London,
EC3R 8DL.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I write to make a complaint that Malcolm Hockaday, James Fennell and Peter Wilks, chairman, managing director and a director respectively of Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners have breached their professional code of conduct.

In particular they appear to have breached article 5 relating to conflict of interest. They may also be in breach of article 15(a) relating to the duty to report any allegation of breach of the code.

Mr Hockaday and Mr Fennell have twice, to my knowledge, allowed the firm they run to act for district councils seeking independent advice on Tesco applications. Yet the NLP website declares:

“NLP provide a wide range of planning, design and economic services to Tesco Stores Limited throughout the country. Our role involves assisting Tesco to deliver new and extended stores across the UK, from ‘Extra’ stores in complex town centre developments, to ‘Express’ convenience stores. NLP also updates Tesco on changes in planning policy and advises on implications for their trading operations and development aspirations.”

There is no mention in this publicity of individuals at NLP who act only for Tesco and no other client. So Mr Fennell and Mr Hockaday are asking their potential and actual clients and the public to treat NLP as a single entity, of which giving advice to Tesco is very much a part.

NLP states that it is owned by an employee trust. This must mean that all its employees have a direct financial interest in fees from all clients, regardless of which particular client they are assigned to. So all employees of the firm who are members of the RTPI and are in breach of the code. However, Mr Hockaday and Mr Fennell, being responsible for the whole firm, have a greater financial interest in Tesco and a greater responsibility to uphold the reputation of their profession.

The report NLP produced for Babergh Council into Tesco’s application for a store in Hadleigh states: “Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (NLP) has been commissioned by Babergh District Council to undertake an independent review”. But not only does the author of the report make no statement about his or her impartiality, qualifications or background: the report is entirely anonymous. There is simply a statement that it is written by NLP. This means that members of the public and councillors are unable to test the impartiality of the individual who wrote the report. NLP is therefore forcing the public and councillors to treat the firm as a whole and judge its impartiality that way.

I draw your attention to this article in the Suffolk Free Press published on Friday 22 February, in which Mr Wilks is quoted defending the firm against allegations of conflict in the Babergh case.

http://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/latest-news/independent-store-report-is-conflicted-1-4811520

I trust Mr Wilks has alerted you at the RTIP to the allegation, as is his professional duty. I can only presume that Mr Wilks is taking responsibility for the Babergh Council commissioned report and therefore include him in my complaint.
I also presume the firm is aware of and has alerted you to earlier conflict allegations in its advice to Test Valley Borough Council over a Tesco application in Romsey. Please refer to this article published on February 14, 2013.

http://www.romseyadvertiser.co.uk/news/news/10231244.Borough_defends_its_choice_of_consultants_for_Tesco_study/

I enclose copies of the two newspaper articles to which I refer. I am content for a copy of this correspondence and documents to be sent to the subjects of the complaint.

I await your response with interest. Thankyou,

Yours faithfully

Robert Lindsay
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Mrs S Oliver
by e-mail
Dear Mrs Oliver,
RE: Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended)
Tesco's Portwood, Stockport

I visited the above on Friday 7 th April 2007 where I noted that a small number of empty cages were stored in the relevant void area.

The manager f the store was advised as to the restrictions on the use of this area and was required to remove all of the cages from it.

I have revisited the site today and noted that this area was clear. As such the breach of planning control has ceased and this Council does not therefore consider it expedient to take formal action at this junction.
I will monitor this site from time to time and will if required take further action.

If you require any further assistance then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours Sincerely
Mr D Westhead TechRTPI
Senior Planning Enforcement Officer.


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Dear Mrs. Oliver,

I refer you to the previous answer from Steve Lamb on this issue.

Dave Westhead TechRTPI
Senior Planning Enforcement Officer.
Development Control
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.
Hygarth House, 103 Wellington Road South,
Stockport
SK1 3TT

tel. 0161 474 3520
fax. 0161 474 3572





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From: sheilaoliver [mailto:sheilaoliver@ntlworld.com]
Sent: 15 September 2007 12:34
To: Dave Westhead
Subject: Re: 780117.doc


Dear Mr Westhead

I raised a further issue regarding fire safety and the amount of the store which has been cordoned off.  Apparently, the important issue here is the amount of stored goods and not the amount of shop floor space.

Was this issue looked into at any time by either Stockport Council of the Fire Service?  I have expert senior fire officer opinion which tells me that stores are not normally built that large for fire safety issues - these I believe centre around the sprinker systems and the size of the water storage tanks.  Is Stockport Council satisfied that fire regulations with regards to that building, which was built illegally, have been complied with?  Does more of the store building need to be taken out of public use?

Kind regards

Sheila
----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Westhead
To: sheilaoliver@ntlworld.com
Cc: Steve Lamb
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 3:09 PM
Subject: 780117.doc


Please ask for : Mr D Westhead

Telephone No.: 0161 474 3520

enforcement.dc@stockport.gov.uk  

Our reference: CA001851

Date: 11th September 2007



 
Mrs S Oliver

by e-mail

Dear Mrs Oliver,

RE: Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended)

      Tesco's Portwood, Stockport

I visited the above on Friday 7th April 2007 where I noted that a small number of empty cages were stored in the relevant void area.

The manager f the store was advised as to the restrictions on the use of this area and was required to remove all of the cages from it.

I have revisited the site today and noted that this area was clear. As such the breach of planning control has ceased and this Council does not therefore consider it expedient to take formal action at this junction.

I will monitor this site from time to time and will if required take further action.

If you require any further assistance then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours Sincerely


Mr D Westhead TechRTPI

Senior Planning Enforcement Officer.

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If you receive this email in error please notify Stockport e-Services via email.query@stockport.gov.uk and then permanently remove it from your system.

Thank you.

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Email received 17/10/2006 at 16.43

Dear Sheila

I know you’ve taken an interest in the Tesco store at Portwood and it would be interesting to hear your views face-to-face.
I work with Tesco as a consultant and have been advising the company about this store.
Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Andrew Rieley

FD Tamesis
Northern Assurance Buildings
Princess Street
Manchester M2 4DN
d:0161 834 3876
t:0161 834 3834
f:0161 834 1782
www.tamesis-pr.com

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Email received 20/10/2006 at 13.10

Shelia - as you're aware this is a complex matter; one that is not black and white.

I am not employed by Tesco to provide justification for any of its corporate policies or individual's actions. I would however like to meet with you and hope it wouldn't be a waste of your time.

Perhaps we could meet in Café Nero in the town centre on Friday October 27 at 10am.

Kind regards

Andrew

-----Original Message-----
From: sheila.oliver@tiscali.co.uk [mailto:sheila.oliver@tiscali.co.uk]
Sent: 20 October 2006 12:01
To: Andrew Rieley
Subject: RE: Tesco Stockport

I am happy to meet anytime - providing you are not wasting my time and have
answers to why it was built too big and why Lucy Neville-Rolfe appears to
have lied to Parliament. You suggest a location.

Kind regards

Sheila

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