Supporters of Cornwall stadium plan attack legal challenge bid
Supporters of plans to create a major stadium in Cornwall have added to criticism of a local council.
Truro City Council yesterday came under fire from the Inox Group for pursuing a legal challenge against plans for a £400 million housing scheme. In addition to 1,500 new homes, a primary school, community centre and hotel, the project at Langarth Farm, on the edge of Truro, would also create some of the shared infrastructure needed for the planned Stadium for Cornwall.
Both developments already have planning permission. However, Inox said yesterday it was "bewildered" at a move by the city council to seek a judicial review of the scheme.
Now the campaign group Stadium4Cornwall has said it is "disappointed with the persistence of Truro City Council in still employing delaying tactics affecting the provision of the stadium".
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It said in a statement: "If the city council wants to see Truro as the administrative centre of Cornwall and the hub of Cornish business and enterprise, it has to look to the future and accept that major developments such as those being proposed have to be carried out – or does it just want to see Truro as an old market town, with no investment, dying on its feet?
"Developments such as those currently proposed at Langarth will bring in an estimated 1,000 jobs and an investment of £400 million in much-needed revenue to the city, of which the stadium will be playing its part.
"Doesn't Truro City Council want this? It doesn't appear so. Truro City Council would seem to prefer to spend money on trying not to get it.
"It has already lost a judicial review into Cornwall Council's consent for the Truro Eastern District Centre, which cost around £20,000 in legal fees, with still further costs being awarded against them.
"And it's the Truro rate payers who will in the end be paying this bill and more, if the city council continues on its path of self-destruction by continually taking out expensive and lost-cause judicial reviews such as this."
The city council has confirmed that it has applied to the High Court for a judicial review but said it was waiting to hear if the action could go forward.
Deputy Mayor Loic Rich said the city council had not yet reached a "final decision on whether to take action".
It would only be taken, he said, "after weighing up all the pros and cons" including "whether the use of taxpayers' money can be justified".