High court backs Council over supermarket wrangle

A £7M supermarket is set to be built in East Cleveland – after a High Court judge dismissed a legal challenge against the development as “totally without merit”.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council granted planning permission to developer Terrace Hill for the Asda store and petrol station, on Skelton Industrial Estate, last September.
However, the project was subjected to a lengthy delay after the Co-operative Group lodged a bid for a Judicial Review into the planning decision.
But His Honour Judge Andrew Gilbart QC yesterday (Tuesday) threw out the application – and awarded the Council costs of £3,657 which he described as “proportionate and properly justified”.
In his ruling, he declared the Co-operative Group’s claim to be “hopeless” and added that it must have known that “its case was a very weak one”.
Chair of the Council’s planning committee, Councillor Brian Hogg, said: “I am delighted with the verdict from the High Court – it quite clearly demonstrates that the planning process was followed properly and robustly.”
Councillor Helen McLuckie, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Planning, said: “The Council has strongly defended its position throughout this process and has now been proven to have been correct.
“I am extremely pleased that this development, which was quite rightly given approval by the planning committee, can now proceed.”

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