Analysis shows former council members go on to work for consultancies advising big developers on planning permissions
Peter Bingle is a familiar face in London’s restaurants. He and his planning communications consultancy, Teerapin, entertained at least 31 councillors in recent years, taking some out for lunch or dinner more than a dozen times.
Bingle’s website describes him as “a wine sampling guru” and public registers show his guests include council leaders and planning committee members.
His clients have included big housebuilders Ballymore and Bellway as well as luxury apartment specialist Mount Anvil. The latter is selling the last couple of apartments at its Dollar Bay tower in Docklands starting at £1.95m. Of its 115 apartments, just 10 are classed as affordable.