The Liberal Democrats have criticised the three political parties on Brighton and Hove City Council for using a “secret process” to choose the developer for the King Alfred Leisure Centre site.
Michael Wilbur, who chairs the Brighton and Hove Lib Dems, said: “It is outrageous that councillors from the Labour, Conservative and Green parties have agreed to a conspiracy of silence.
“The lack of transparency in allowing local residents to evaluate the merits of the competing bids is quite insulting.
“This does not happen with major schemes in other cities and shows that the local councillors have a contempt for democracy.
“We are keen to see redevelopment at the King Alfred but Hove residents must have the chance to air their views.
“It is time for the council to come clean and make the details of the bids known immediately.
“Without transparency we have no way of evaluating whether this development helps solve Brighton’s housing crisis.”