Cabinet Office minister “broke planning law”

“Caroline Nokes, the Cabinet Office minister, is facing calls to resign after planning laws were broken in obtaining permission for a new set of stables and a double garage at her constituency home.

A planning application to develop her £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.

The form was submitted in the name of Elisabeth Bellingham and included a “certificate of ownership” signed on Bellingham’s behalf by Nokes’s agent.

[the article goes on to say she has criticised property developers for manipulating planning laws and her father is leader of Hampshire County Council and the New Forest National Park Authority says prosecuting her is not in the public interest]…”

Source: Sunday Times (pay wall)