When news happens text pix and video to 80360. Start your message with BE then leave a space.
Planning company's future unclear after boss Tony Ramsden is locked up
HIGH-profile planning company Planning Solutions is facing an uncertain future following the imprisonment of boss Anthony Ramsden-Geary.
The company has continued to submit planning applications on behalf of developers this year, despite the court proceedings hanging over Ramsden-Geary.
But after the 44-year-old he was sentenced to 10 months in prison for flouting bankruptcy rules, it remains to be seen whether the company will continue.
The company’s telephone number has been disconnected and they have not responded to emails from the Daily Echo.
Planning Solutions has been one of the area’s leading planning agents over the past few years, submitting schemes for homes, hotels, student accommodation, shops and new business premises to Poole, Bournemouth and other Dorset councils.
It was formerly based in Ringwood, before moving to Oxford Road, Poole Hill and then Commercial Road in Bournemouth.
Their more high-profile applications included one to build a “wraparound” hotel and apartment complex at Bournemouth’s Richmond Gardens car park, which has not yet started, and the now completed apartment and restaurant complex at the Studland Dene in Alum Chine.
But their most contentious application was a bid to build a hotel, apartments, multiplex cinema and restaurants on the Winter Gardens site. The most recent application was thrown out during the summer, with councillors accusing Ramsden of trying to “mislead” them.
The Echo contacted Ramsden’s father David but he did not wish to comment on the sentence handed to his son and was unable to clarify what would happen to Planning Solutions.
- The rise and fall of Tony Ramsden: from the council chamber to the prison cell
- JAILED: Former councillor Tony Ramsden labelled a "liability in business" as he is sentenced to 10 months
- "I'm flabbergasted" says disgraced former councillor Tony Ramsden after being found guilty of bankruptcy charge
Prison sentence should serve as a warning
THE prison sentence handed to Anthony Ramsden-Geary should serve as a warning to other people tempted to flout the bankruptcy laws.
That’s the message from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, who said they will not hesitate to prosecute anyone acting in a “deliberately dishonest manner”.
Ramsden-Geary was imprisoned for 10 months after pleading guilty to five charges of breaching bankruptcy laws and found guilty by a jury of one further count.
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills successfully prosecuted 165 people between April 2011 and April 2012.
Of those, 100 received custodial sentences and most of the remainder received a community punishment.
Comments are closed on this article.