QC denies making ‘three-eyed’ remark

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A QC accused of making derogatory comments about disabled people in Long Melford has denied the allegations.

Peter Village is claimed to have referred to those who are disabled in the village as being “three-eyed and one-legged” during a planning inquiry into proposals to build 51 homes on the former Fleetwood Caravans site near Hall Street.

Camilla Rodwell, a resident present at the inquiry held at Hadleigh Town Hall in February, said Mr Village’s behaviour was “appalling” throughout the hearing.

“He spent the entire three days bullying, lying and being extremely rude and abusive to anyone in opposition to the development,” she said.

“In his closing remarks, he referred to the disabled people in our community as being three-eyed and one-legged.”

Mr Village, a planning and law litigator based in London, had been brought in by developer David Wilson Homes to argue on its behalf in favour of the controversial new homes plan.

His alleged comments have resulted in complaints being lodged against him to the Bar Standards Board and an investigation is being carried out.

Richard Kemp, parish, district and county councillor, said he had been shocked by Mr Village’s remarks.

“What was said was grossly offensive to every disabled person in the country,” he said.

Mr Village said he was aware of the complaints and would be defending himself.

“I have received two complaints which I am vigorously defending through the appropriate channels,” he said.

A spokesman for the Bar Standards Board said it did not comment on individual cases unless a disciplinary hearing had been scheduled.

The outcome of the planning inquiry is expected to be released in the coming weeks.