Supermarket demands compensation from council

PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

SUPERMARKET bosses are demanding North Somerset Council pays them compensation for making 'vague, generalised and inaccurate assertions' about a planning application.

SUPERMARKET bosses are demanding North Somerset Council pays them compensation for making 'vague, generalised and inaccurate assertions' about a planning application.

Proposals for Sainsbury's in Queens Way, Worle, which included a new car wash and petrol station in its car park, were rejected by planning chiefs in September.

The supermarket lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate after the plans were refused, but is now saying the council should pay towards the cost of that as it should never have got that far.

In a letter to the Government organisation retail bosses said: "The local authority has not produced evidence that provides a suitable basis for its stance and, as such, has not substantiated its reasons for refusal.

"It has made vague, generalised and inaccurate assertions about the proposal's impact, which are unsupported by any objective analysis."

The supermarket is asking the authority to pay costs towards the appeal.

It added: "We are applying for awards of costs in respect of these matters, which has resulted in us having to pursue an unnecessary appeal, which could have been avoided."

Irate residents living near the site had been campaigning against the plans saying the new facilities would cause health problems for them, as well as trouble with extra traffic and noise.

At the authority's west area committee meeting, the applicant agreed to withdraw the car wash from the application before it began, but this did not help their case, as councillors unanimously voted against the proposal.

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