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EU CONSIDERS LEGAL ACTION OVER SELECTION OF DEVELOPER ROW

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The European Commission is considering legal action against Ipswich BC for allegedly failing to advertise for a dev...
The European Commission is considering legal action against Ipswich BC for allegedly failing to advertise for a development partner for the town's airport site in the official journal, reports the East Anglian Daily Times (p7).

The commission launched an inquiry after campaigners against a plan to build 1,000 houses on the Ipswich Airport site claimed that the council had selected a property developer, Countryside Properties, against EU regulations.

The EADT claims that the commission took a decision on 18 October to open formal infringement procedures against the UK in respect of Ipswich's plans. The commission will now ask Britain to respond within 40 days.

Ipswich leader David Ball denied that the council has made any breach of community law.

'We have not appointed a development partner. We are shortly to start the selection process for a partner and that will involve advertising in the European Journal.'
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