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No consultation chaos, just concerned critique

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I was surprised and disappointed by your coverage of the consultation process for the planned community of 540 homes near Osbaldwick (AJ 30.10.03).

Firstly, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is based in York - not, as wrongly stated, London - a material fact in explaining why the City of York Council decided to engage JRF as partners in developing land that had already been earmarked for housing.

Secondly, as I told your reporter more than once, we simply do not agree that the extensive consultation procedures have backfired or descended into chaos. We have listened carefully to nearby residents, and amended our plans on several occasions in response to concerns that have been raised. The fact that some people living near the site are implacably opposed to the land being used for much-needed housing has not diminished our belief in the importance of sharing of information with residents and actively seeking their views.

David Utting, associate director (public affairs), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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