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DEVELOPERS SUE WELSH OFFICIALS OVER FAILED DEAL

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A property developer is suing the Welsh Development Agency for blocking the building of a superstore, says the West...
A property developer is suing the Welsh Development Agency for blocking the building of a superstore, says the Western Mail (p9).

At Cardiff crown court yesterday Landare Investments blamed a conspiracy of leading councillors and officials for the failure of the project seven years ago.

Among those accused were the WDA and Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC. The company is suing 12 individuals including former WDA chief executive Phillip Head and former chief executive of the abolished Cynon Valley BC Tony Roberts.

All the named individuals and organisations strongly deny the accusations.

Landare says its proposed development at Tirfounder Fields in Aberdare foundered because the WDA and local authority Cynon Valley Joint Venture Trust had already decided to develop a superstore at another site in Aberdare. Two bus depots and other land in the area were bought with public money and sold on to Tesco in a controversial deal.

Landare's case is that the public bodies and their officers acted beyond their legal powers - misfeance in public office.

The first witness is expected to be called tomorrow.

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