Warning for South Norfolk Councillor who broke code of conduct

A district councillor has received an official warning after failing to declare an interest in a rival planning application.

Bev Spratt, who has been a South Norfolk Councillor for 13 years, failed to declare a personal or prejudicial interest when he voted against a housing scheme in his home village last year, a standards and ethics committee found last week.

The councillor, who is also a Norfolk County Councillor and a member of Tacolneston Parish Council, was found to have broken the code of conduct, but no further action will be taken. Mr Spratt, who owns land in the south Norfolk village, voted against an application at a South Norfolk Council planning committee for a Saffron Housing Trust affordable housing scheme at The Fields in Tacolneston last November.

Tacolneston Parish Council made a complaint about Mr Spratt after he failed to declare an interest in the affordable housing scheme, which was rejected by the planning committee. The councillor had put forward some of his own land off Hall Road for a potential affordable housing development in 2009 at the same time the land at The Fields was considered.

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