City sets aside £45,000 to challenge developments
PLANS for two major developments at either end of Truro could face legal challenge.
Truro City Council (TCC) has confirmed it plans a judicial review of Cornwall Council's decision to approve 1,500 homes at Langarth near Threemilestone.
The city council has already started the process of launching a judicial review into Cornwall Council's decision to approve plans for a Waitrose supermarket, park- and-ride, houses and recycling facility at the top of Union Hill, known as the Truro Eastern District Centre (TEDC).
For the Langarth development TCC has to wait until a decision notice is issued following the approval decision taken by Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee in March.
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However, it has set aside £45,000 in the coming year for possible legal and consultancy costs attached to the judicial reviews.
Town clerk Roger Gazzard said: "If the council agrees to proceed on one or both of these judicial reviews there's likely to be the opportunity to reduce our exposure to costs using an insurance policy, which in itself will have a cost.
"If we are successful at judicial review the majority of our costs will also be recoverable from the other party."
The provision of £45,000 was approved at a city council meeting on Monday evening.
Tregolls ward councillor Stuart Roden asked whether there would be an opportunity for members to debate the judicial reviews before going ahead.
Mr Gazzard replied: "Once we have the information back from the judge it will then be a matter for the council to decide."