Corby Council to investigate land and property deals

The council has faced accusations that land in St James Rd (pictured) was sold undervalue
The council has faced accusations that land in St James Rd (pictured) was sold undervalue

Corby Council has agreed to start an independent investigation into all land and property transactions undertaken by the authority in the last ten years.

After a motion was passed to approve the start of the investigation last Thursday at a Corby Council meeting, leader Tom Beattie has now confirmed it will be carried out by an independent body and its findings will be made public.

He said: “The Council is fully behind the motion and wants to ensure that confidence in Corby Borough Council remains with the organisations and partners we work with as well as our residents and will therefore be carrying out investigations on land and property transactions.

“The council remains committed to being open and transparent whilst protecting further sensitive information from being released unduly. “

“A variety of officers are pulling together from various sources the information required and no decision as to who will analyse this information has yet been decided.”

Liberal Democrat councillors Phil Bromhall and Chris Stanbra proposed a motion for an investigation following a number of high-profile leaks of commericially sensitive information to the media in the past few months.

Councillors passed the motion unanimously.

The council has faced allegations that it unlawfully sold land well below its market value at the St. James industrial estate - the site where a new Tesco is being built.

Another high profile leak revealed the council settled bills it failed to check for a housing project in Colyers Gardens.