Ryedale council expected to pay planning wrangle legal costs from emergency coffers

COUNCIL bosses in Ryedale say they will probably have to dip into emergency reserves to pay any bills caused by the controversy over a Malton development.

Ryedale District Council rejected the Fitzwilliam Malton Estate’s proposals for a supermarket and other shops on the Malton Livestock Market site last year, but the decision was subsequently overturned by a planning inspector and partial costs were awarded against the authority.

The inspector also said the council should reconsider its decision to approve a £5 million supermarket plan for Wentworth Street car park, after it agreed in principle to sell part of the land.

The Fitzwilliam appeal has already cost the council £10,325 in legal costs and £30,229 in professional fees, and the estate’s solicitors are claiming for £251,505 costs from the council.

In a new financial report for 2013/14, the council’s corporate director Paul Cresswell said the “exact value” of the estate’s claim should be agreed in the next year and councillors will be given options about how to foot the bill. He said it was likely that the council’s reserves would be used, and he said the reserves were adequate.

Mr Cresswell’s report, which will go before the policy and resources committee this week, also said the final cost of the A64 junction improvements at Brambling Fields, which were severely delayed by bad weather, was likely to be above budget.

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8:57am Mon 4 Feb 13

myselby says...

Peanuts, as they say, Selby District Council wastes at least £100,000 a year every year on vanity refusals leading to appeals and subsequent costs
Peanuts, as they say, Selby District Council wastes at least £100,000 a year every year on vanity refusals leading to appeals and subsequent costs myselby
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9:01am Mon 4 Feb 13

divided says...

The council, their incompetence and petty nature are the only ones to blame here. Acting out of greed rather than for the good of the town has backfired on them.
The council, their incompetence and petty nature are the only ones to blame here. Acting out of greed rather than for the good of the town has backfired on them. divided
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9:23am Mon 4 Feb 13

capt spaulding says...

Bet they would have given it a lot more consideration if it was their own money they were putting at risk ???
Bet they would have given it a lot more consideration if it was their own money they were putting at risk ??? capt spaulding
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5:19pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Peterwalker says...

For the record, at the meeting of the Planning Committee all the Conservative group barring one voted for the Wentworth Street proposal. All the other Councillors voted against it.

Let' s not lose sight of the fact that blame for this dreadful decision and the associated colossal costs, lays with squarely with Ryedale' s Conservative party.
For the record, at the meeting of the Planning Committee all the Conservative group barring one voted for the Wentworth Street proposal. All the other Councillors voted against it. Let' s not lose sight of the fact that blame for this dreadful decision and the associated colossal costs, lays with squarely with Ryedale' s Conservative party. Peterwalker
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11:10pm Mon 4 Feb 13

twotonethomas says...

Spot on Peter, and don't forget that the new leader of RDC (another tory) called the opponents of the car park sell off 'moaning minnies'.
Spot on Peter, and don't forget that the new leader of RDC (another tory) called the opponents of the car park sell off 'moaning minnies'. twotonethomas
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2:34pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Peterwalker says...

A relevant quote

" All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs."

One down.........
A relevant quote " All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs." One down......... Peterwalker
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