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NO APPEAL PLANNED BY HAMBLETON DC OVER KEY SUPERMARKET PLANNING DECISION

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Hambleton DC will not challenge a high court decision which the Northern Echo (Nov 10, p7) says could prove a major...
Hambleton DC will not challenge a high court decision which the Northern Echo (Nov 10, p7) says could prove a major influence on future shopping developments.

Planning permission for a Safeway store on the outskirts of Northallerton was quashed by high court judge Mr Justice Dyson last week (see LGCnet). However, he rejected arguments from rival chain Somerfield that new stores needed to improve town centre shopping before they could be allowed.

The judge ruled they had only to show not to be harmful to the town's economy as a whole.

Officials and members of Hambleton DC have decided not to appeal the decision on the grounds it would be expensive and the outcome uncertain.

'We are not really sure what would be achieved from the council's point of view. Legally, it is the end of the matter', head of legal services Martyn Richards said yesterday.

Local traders who oppose further supermarket developments welcomed the council's decision.

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