Just when you thought you could have heard everything there is to hear about the local planning process something always surprises.
It's been revealed that two recent planning meetings in Brighton to consider the King Alfred Development has been approved by Brightons and Hove's local council were attended by actors who had been paid to play the part of supporters of the project. The going rate for the actors was £60 for the first meeting they attended with the second one being paid at £15 an hour.
The end result was that at the meeting where the building was approved by the casting vote of the chair of the planning committee was so full that many opponents of the scheme were forced into secondary rooms whilst others were turned away and failed to have their voices heard.
The actors included at least eight students of the Academy Of Creative Training, Brighton, who had been recruited by a student, since expelled by the drama school, who was working on behalf of an unnamed agency.
Developer of the contentious project, Karis, has completely denied that they had anything to do with this and were not aware that actors were within the group that they had gotten together to support the scheme.
Designed by Frank Gehry, the King Alfred project has drawn on the support of actors before. Film star Brad Pitt who had a six month residency at the architect's studio was reportedly involved in the design phase of the scheme.
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