Cllr Robert Davis, until recently Westminster Council Deputy Leader and for many years both Chair of the Planning Committees and Cabinet Member in charge of development, has finally resigned after a Council investigation found that his behaviour had breached the Council’s code of conduct and had damaged the reputation of the Council. Cllr Davis resigned as Deputy Leader after being exposed in February 2018 when the Guardian picked up a Westminster Labour story about the scale of his the hospitality he had received from property developers (514 cases in three years, 893 over six years).
Responding to Cllr Davis’ resignation Westminster Labour Leader Cllr Adam Hug said: “Labour welcomes the findings of the Council’s investigation that shows in no uncertain terms the inappropriate nature of Cllr Davis’s long-standing behaviour, taking extraordinary amounts of hospitality from the development industry.
On Cllr Davis’ watch, despite billions being invested in Westminster property development, the Council failed to come close to meeting its own meagre affordable housing targets, leaving hundreds of families in desperate housing need let down by the council, their life chances hurt by a culture that was seen to put the needs of developers ahead of residents.
Cllr Davis’ behaviour has dramatically undermined public trust in Westminster Council and it is absolutely right that he has resigned. The Council must listen to Westminster Labour’s ideas for radical reform of how the council manages the planning process so that it can better serve local residents in the future.”