Really? Im not sure I would describe it as 'sly and deceitful', I suspect more that it was 'reactive and unprepared'.
The 'facts' as far as I am aware, is that someone at the College leaked to locals that the CAMSFC was looking to sell off the Hibbert Lane site to fund future improvements. This was before the site had been 'marketed' to developers. All hell then broke loose, with the College being accused of all sorts and MIA being formed and proceding to berate the College (and Council) for being secretive and refusing to make public their detailed plans. My guess is that at this stage CAMSFC didn't have any plans for Hibbert Lane, other than to sell it for the best price they could.
The bids came in and Asda won (after six months of anti-Tesco ranting!). This then became public knowledge but still no plans, as ASDA had simply won a financial bid process and didn't have any public plans to show.
Planning and design for the site took place (including necessary and quite proper surveys of baseline conditions), this almost certainly involved initial discussions with the Council in order to get a feel for what the Council considered were the key issues and the best way of satisfactorily resolving these matters. The Plans were then finalised in draft and the scheme presented to the public.
Thats about standard for any evolving development scheme and I don't see any real deceitfulness in this.
The reason that people seem to have got the feeling that the College has been secretive is that for the first 9 months or so of this process CAMSFC were being bombarded with demands for information, when in reality they had virtually no information to give out. Once the personal slurs started, unsurprisingly, the hatches were then firmly battended down. I still think its amazing that one of the key opposition attack points seems to be to berate the College governors for not being local. Its all a bit Roystin Vasey at times for my liking.
Overall, to put it another way. If the deals had been done privately (and unknown to the public at large) and the first thing that we found out was the presentation of proposals at public consultation (i.e. within the last couple of weeks), would that have been so bad? Would it have been sly and deceitful? And what overall difference would it have made anyway? It certainly would have assisted the fight against global warming, given the amount of hot air that has been vented over the past 18 months, just for us to arrive at a place we would have been at anyway.