Alnwick DC plans to appeal to environment secretary John Prescott for help towards meeting the cost of a compensati...
Alnwick DC plans to appeal to environment secretary John Prescott for help towards meeting the cost of a compensation claim by Safeway, the supermarket chain, reported the Daily Telegraph (Sept 9, p35).
The council faces a£4.6m claim after it lost a high court bid to reverse a decision by the government to overturn planning permission granted to Safeway by the council to build an out-of-town development.
Sue Bolam, chairman of the council's policy committee, said: 'We are firmly of the view that the cost should not fall on the council taxpayer and [we] will be presenting a robust case to the government.'
If Safeway and the council failed to reach an out-of-court settlement, the matter would be referred to the Lands Tribunal.