Received a response from Norman Lamb MP about my concerns for local democracy with Tesco seemingly able to control the council. He agreed that it was "untenable for local people to be left in the dark about a process that has been characterized by secrecy." This was in fact what he said in a debate in the House of Commons concluding "The whole planning process needs to be looked at to ensure that the public can have confidence in it." Hear Hear.
I also got a reply from our District Auditor at the Audit Commission who has confirmed that he is considering the Tesco issues at NNDC. He needs to conclude whether they are relevant matters and whether there is any action he needs to take.