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Complainant Name:
Mr Christopher Speck

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Manchester Evening News

Complaint:

Mr Christopher Speck complained that an article in the newspaper’s Urban Life magazine, about a hotel development, was inaccurate and that insufficient care had been taken to obtain correct information. He said that the article had clearly been based on what the journalist had been told by the developer.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the newspaper assured the complainant that, if future stories arose about the development in question, it would contact him for his comments prior to publication. It also published the following correction:

In our issue of November 12, 2008, in an article titled ‘A great hotel renaissance’ we referred to West Properties’ Origin scheme on Canal Street West in Manchester.

In that article we incorrectly stated that an application to raise the height of the building would not increase the number of storeys. In fact, the number of storeys will increase by four to a total of 17, raising the building by 12.7 metres.

Further we suggested the plan had been given planning permission when, in fact, although recommended for planning approval, the decision had not yet been taken. It was subsequently approved a week later.

We regret these errors and any confusion that may have been caused.

Report: 78



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