New Forest Officer, Steve Avery, faces probe into Caroline Nokes MP planning case

New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times Article  – 3rd November 2017
NPA officer faces probe into MP who broke planning rules

New Milton Advertiser 3rd November 2017

A TOP officer at the New Forest National Park Authority could face investigation after it emerged an MP was granted planning approval to change her home – despite apparently breaking the rules in her application.

NPA chief executive Alison Barnes has been called upon to set up an independent probe into Steve Avery, the executive director for strategy and planning, over revelations concerning Caroline Nokes MP and a development at her home in Canada Road, West Wellow.

Caroline Nokes MP faces a police enquiry

Ms Nokes represents the Romsey and Southampton North constituency and is a junior minister in the Department for Work and Pensions.

The NPA has been forced to defend its decision not to prosecute Ms Nokes after it emerged that she had wrongly stated in the application that the land was owned by her sister.

In a further twist, a complaint has also been made to Hampshire Police about the matter. The constabulary and the NPA have both said they are looking into the planning application but have not confirmed if they will be taking the matter further

Ms Nokes, who claims to be a planning expert and has publicly criticised developers for manipulating planning rules in the past, sought to downplay the issue, insisting a “genuine error” was made on the application.

Steve Avery – NPA

The complaints against Ms Nokes and Mr Avery have been made by retired lawyer Don Jerrard, who has previously stood for election to parliament and for the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner role. Mr Jerrard went to Hampshire Police HQ on Tuesday to hand over a letter to Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney and he subsequently attended the NPA office in Lymington to deliver a letter calling on Ms Barnes to revisit the planning application and investigate Mr Avery.

“Ms Barnes must now call an independent investigation and look into the conduct of her senior officers, especially Steve Avery,” Mr Jerrard told the A&T. “This is extremely serious.”

Don Jerrard

Mr Jerrard stood against Ms Nokes for the Romsey and Southampton North seat at the General Election earlier this year. He said that on his election literature he claimed Ms Nokes had made false claims on a planning application.

After she won the seat, Mr Jerrard claims he was contacted by police and interviewed because Ms Nokes had reported him over the planning claim on the election literature.

But he pointed out Ms Nokes had now conceded her planning application contained a mistake. That showed her complaint to police about his election literature had been “malicious”, he said, and that was part of the reason he had reported her to police.

Planning documents reveal Ms Nokes made an application to the NPA to carry out works to the property known as “Moorland”, in Canada Road, West Wellow, in 2014.

The application included proposals to demolish a conservatory, store and outbuildings, and build a two-storey and single-storey extension, a detached double garage, stable and store building.

When it was approved with conditions later that year it was signed off by Mr Avery.

Elisabeth Bellingham’s name is on the planning application

But the NPA has confirmed the application was submitted by Ms Nokes’ agent Graham Jenkins in the name of Elizabeth Bellingham, who is Ms Nokes’ sister.

The application, seen by the A&T, was signed on behalf of Mrs Bellingham and states that at the time no one except her owned any part of the land or the buildings to which it related. However, it is understood Mrs Bellingham has lived abroad for many years and Ms Nokes was the sole owner of the property and the land at the time.

The Town & Country Planning Act 1990 makes it an offence to issue a certificate in the course of a planning application which a person knows to be false or misleading.

Cllr Roy Perry

In a further entanglement, Ms Nokes’ father is Cllr Roy Perry – the leader of Hampshire County Council. It is understood he lives in an ancillary building on Ms Nokes’ land that has been developed but is not involved in the revelations.

Responding to questions from the A&T, the NPA acknowledged there could have been an offence committed under planning law.

But a spokeswoman pointed out that while it was open to a local planning authority (LPA) to consider prosecuting such an offence, it had to be satisfied that doing so would be in the public interest and “represent a prudent use of public funds”.

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The spokeswoman went on “In this case, in light of the relationship between the applicant and the owner, we have taken the view that it would not be in the interests of justice to pursue a prosecution in this instance as the owner (or any other third party) cannot reasonably be said to have been prejudiced.

“We have therefore concluded that it would not be in the public interest for us, as the LPA, to take the matter further.”

She added, “We have now received a further complaint from Mr Jerrard regarding the handling of the case which we are dealing with thoroughly through our formal complaints procedure.

“In line with our complaints procedure, Mr Jerrard will receive a detailed response to his complaint from the chief executive within 20 working days.”

The A&T put a series of questions about the planning application to Ms Nokes’ office.

Caroline Nokes’ ‘Agent’, Graham Jenkins RICS

In response, a spokesperson for the Tory MP replied: “This is a simple admin error which resulted in no profit or gain whatsoever.

The planning authority has confirmed under their scheme of delegations it would not have gone before committee and they consider the matter closed.”

The spokesperson said the ancillary property on Ms Nokes’ land – where it is understood Cllr Perry lives with his wife – was not part of the application that sparked the controversy.

This was inspected last year by the NPA, she claimed, and the NPA had confirmed in writing there was no breach of planning permission at the property.

She also pointed out that Mr Jerrard had made various complaints about Ms Nokes’ conduct over the past year or so to police and the planning authorities and no action had been taken.

Ms Nokes hit the headlines in 2010 when it emerged she was having an affair with a young Tory councilor. She later divorced her husband Marc.

Hampshire Police said it could not confirm which individuals Mr Jerrard had complained about.

The force added: “we can confirm we were contacted by a member of the public in relation to a planning application in the New Forest area. We are currently assessing the matter to identify if there are any criminal offences to be investigated.”

 

Press Headlines

For further reading:

Sunday Times – 22nd October 2017
Minister broke planning law

Daily Echo – 26th October 2017
Calls for MP to quit after claims of misleading council planner

Sunday Times – 27th October 2017
Caroline Nokes faces police inquiry over ‘bogus’ planning papers

Nadine O’Connor – 28th October 2017
Nokes Agent, Graham Jenkins, must be investigated by the RICS

Daily Echo – 30th October 2017
Caroline Nokes MP to face police enquiries over claims that she misled council planners

Nadine O’Connor – 30th October 2017
‘Toxic Tory’ Caroline Nokes MP attempts to dump another ‘dead cat’ on the table

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“Toxic Tory” Caroline Nokes MP attempts to dump another ‘dead cat’ on the table!

She is fast becoming a dab hand at attempting to distract the public – but then controversy and suggestions of criminal activities have followed Caroline Nokes MP around since the day she was elected.

Caroline Nokes MP – Affair

Less than a month after being elected in 2010, Caroline Nokes MP was involved in controversy when she was exposed for having a 4 year extra marital affair – leaving voters in Romsey reeling and questioning her integrity.

Daily Mail – 14th June 2010 – ‘Cameron Cutie Affair’.

Mirror – 14th June 2010 – Cheating Cam Cutie Caroline Nokes

Daily Mail – 19th June 2010 – The REAL story of the married Cameron Cutie, her lover’s heartbroken wife and his fling with a bisexual Tory activist

Later Nokes was to court further controversy with an ill-advised trip to the ‘cannibal’ dictatorship of Equatorial Guinea where she and fellow MP’s were described “vacuous, ignorant, ill-bred oiks”, she renegaded on election promises and she was involved in an attack on a constituents home where it was later revealed by Hampshire Police in a PSD Report that Nokes was the driver of the car and later in transcripts they confirmed Nokes had also been arrested at the scene.

Following that incident Nokes “reputation management team” went into over-drive, removing content from the internet, silencing her critics and sanitising her Wikipedia page. By all accounts she was suddenly the re-incarnation of Mother Theresa.

Don Jerrard

But the mask was always going to slip. As Nokes resorts once again to her usual “modus operandi” of slinging a “dead cat” on the table with allegations about Justice Campaigner Don Jerrard to distract people from her own in-discretions, it is unlikely that voters and her own Party will continue to accept her innocence, especially in light of the allegations of bullying a student journalist.

Nokes has become nothing short of “toxic” and it’s time she stepped down for the sake of the Party.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced today that she will sack Ministers if they are proven to be sex pests, well maybe the Prime Minister should start by sacking Ministers who have broken the law and bring her Party and Government into disrepute.

DAILY ECHO – MONDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2017

DAILY ECHO – MONDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2017

A HAMPSHIRE MP is to face police enquiries over claims that misled council planners.

Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes has been accused of breaching legislation when she applied for permission for a new stables and a double garage at her £1million family home on the edge of Cadnam Common.

However, critics, including Justice and Anti Corruption Party leader Don Jerrard, claim the application was submitted in the name of her sister – Elisabeth Bellingham – who was identified on the planning form as the owner of the property, despite Land Registry documents showing that Nokes is the sole owner.

In a statement, Hampshire Police said yesterday: “We can confirm we were contacted by a member of the public in relation to a planning application in the New Forest area.

“We are currently assessing the matter to identify if there are any criminal offences to be investigated.”

Mrs Nokes, in a statement last night, said: “The New Forest National Park Authority has stated they consider the matter closed and the police have, to date, made no contact with me.
“I reported Mr Jerrard to the police as I was concerned he had breached Section 106 of the 1983 Representation of the People Act by making potentially defamatory statements during an election campaign.”

The New Forest National Park Authority, who approved the planning application, said they considered the matter closed.

TO READ THE ON-LINE ARTICLE – CLICK HERE

Admin Note: The Daily Echo published this story at approximately 5.00am on Monday 30th October 2017. We acknowledge their move to publish the story quickly in light of the allegations last week about potential deliberate delays relating to last weeks article and the failure to publish the story on-line for a further 2 days after the paper publication.

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Police to Investigate Nokes Bogus Planning Application – But It’s Hampshire Police so expect the usual cover-up from her private protection force!

The Sunday Times article of the 29th October 2017 claims that The Chief Constable of Hampshire Police has asked detectives to review the case against Caroline Nokes MP in relation to her bogus planning application.

Could the law finally be catching up with Nokes after 7 years of riding rough-shot over her constituents and breaking the law?

While on one hand this is great news, on the other, the Police force in question is Hampshire Police who have routinely ignore complaints about Nokes threatening and intimidating behaviour before and have covered up her criminal activities for the past 7 years.

In February 2014 Nokes was the driver of a car that took a man to constituents house where an attack was carried out and Hampshire Police covered up her involvement for 6 months before a PSD Report was forced to admit she was present.

More was to come when in 2017 transcripts from a conversation with Hampshire Police were compiled for a trial. In those recorded conversations Hampshire Police state that Nokes was actually arrested at the scene in 2014 – another ‘fact’ that was covered up by Hampshire Police and not reported in the press.

Will the local press finally start putting this story about Nokes on the front page where it belongs?

It is saddening, but not surprising, to read that Nokes continues to threaten and bully people to silence her critics and get what she wants, but this goes right to the heart of who she is as an MP and it’s about time the Prime Minster, Tory Party and the people of Romsey stood up to her and said enough is enough.

Caroline Nokes MP to Face Police Enquiry

SUNDAY TIMES – 29TH OCTOBER 2017

Police are examining allegations surrounding the Cabinet Office minister Caroline Nokes after The Sunday Times revealed that planning laws were broken in obtaining permission for a new set of stables and a double garage at her constituency home.

The office of Olivia Pinkney, the chief constable of Hampshire police, has asked detectives to review the case after it emerged that a planning application to develop Nokes’s £1m family house on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire was submitted in the married name of her sister, who was identified as the property’s owner.

Planning laws state that any such application has to declare the identity of the property’s true owner. Anyone who submits a false certificate of ownership can be found guilty of an offence and fined up to £5,000.

John Mann, a Labour MP, said that the Conservative whip should be suspended until the police inquiries were complete.

This weekend there were also new questions about Nokes’s redevelopment of a garage to provide a home for her parents, Veronica and Roy Perry, both in their mid-seventies. Her father is the Tory leader of Hampshire county council.

Nokes did not seek planning permission before renovating the garage, which now includes a kitchen, living room, bedroom and gas and electricity facilities.

However, according to the local council’s planning policy, “domestic outbuildings” are not permitted if they provide “additional habitable accommodation” that includes “ living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens”.

After revelations in The Sunday Times last weekend, Nokes told her local newspaper that a “genuine error” was made on a form that was “signed by the planning agent”.

However, the MP for Romsey and Southampton North threatened a student journalist for raising the same matter with her during the general election campaign earlier this year.

A trainee reporter at Southampton University asked Nokes about her planning application in an interview on June 5.

The Sunday Times understands that the minister “ended the interview abruptly” and accused the student and his union of “leading themselves into legal jeopardy — both criminal and civil”.

In a letter to Nokes after the interview the student union complained about her “aggressive stance” and her “intimidating and bullying behaviour” towards a “well-intentioned student”.

A spokesman for Nokes said: “This is a simple admin error, which resulted in no profit or gain whatsoever.

“Caroline Nokes rightly cautioned the student journalists against casting strong legal accusations. The planning authority has confirmed they consider the matter closed.”

The New Forest national park authority said the garage development did not require planning permission.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/caroline-nokes-faces-police-inquiry-over-bogus-planning-papers-vq6gr9v3l

Here is what Twitter has to say about Nokes latest scandal.

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