Senior council officer resigns over links to private firm

w4227b623 Club commodore Hamish Gledhill in front of the new clubhouse at the West Riding Sailing Club Wintersett.
w4227b623 Club commodore Hamish Gledhill in front of the new clubhouse at the West Riding Sailing Club Wintersett.
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A SENIOR council planner has resigned after links to a private firm made his job ‘untenable’.

Hamish Gledhill (pictured) breached the terms of his contract with Kirklees Council after not declaring his links to Princegate Estates Plc, an investigation has found.

However, there is no suggestion of corruption or that Mr Gledhill exerted any inappropriate influence over the council’s Local Development Framework (LDF), which he was working on.

The LDF has proved controversial in some areas as it requires thousands of new homes to be built over the next 20 years.

Mr Gledhill said: “I realise that my continued association with the LDF will allow some members of the community to attempt to undermine its progress.”

His links to the Berkshire-based firm were exposed earlier this year, after it was found he was connected to the property firm in 2006 and continued until 2008.

Council chief executive Adrian Lythgo said: “The most important thing to me is that the public can have absolute confidence in the transparency and probity in all our dealings, and that all involved in the council act with care and integrity.”