High Littleton councillor Les Kew censured
High Littleton councillor Les Kew has defended failing to declare an interest in a planning application for a development Clutton.
The veteran conservative councillor appeared before the Bath and North East Somerset standards committee after he failed to declare an interest in a planning application at Maynard Terrace on land next to a house owned by a member of his family.Mr Kew, did say his family owned a home on the road when the planning application was for 36 homes on the green field site was determined on September 26 but did not register an interest.
The application by the former Somer Community Housing Trust, now known as Curo, was refused and is now the subject of an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
The standards committee has censured Mr Kew saying that he should have declared an interest in light of his family connection.
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Mr Kew has apologised to councillors.
He said: "It was an oversight on my part not to have declared an to interest at this particular meeting. The planning application in question did not relate to my son's property, but the property was nearby, meaning an interest should technically have been declared.
It would have made no difference to the result of the planning meeting, as all except one councillor on the committee voted with the officer's recommendation to refuse.
However, I have apologised to my fellow councillors and will ensure that in future I exercise greater diligence in checking with Officers when an interest needs to be declared. As far I am concerned, the Council has now dealt with the matter."