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Legal Challenge to Tadcaster Car Park Plan Fails

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4:26pm 10th May 2013

The High Court has backed Selby District Council's proposals to make significant improvements to Tadcaster's central area car park, following a protracted legal battle.

In April 2011 the Council granted planning permission to resurface the car park and improve access to the site.  This has been part of a long-term commitment to supporting local retailers in the town, by offering good quality parking.

Since permission was granted, however, Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) has sought to fight the redevelopment plans through the High Court on the basis that they challenged the assessment of the planning permission.

This lengthy legal process has meant that the Council has been unable to make any changes or improvements to the car park, leaving motorists and local retailers without adequate facilities.  The judicial process has also cost local taxpayers in the region of £30,000.  In dismissing the brewery's claim, however, Mr Justice Kenneth Parker has awarded costs to the Council: the total amount will be confirmed in due course.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, "For a very long time we've been pushing to make some basic improvements to the site, to give Tadcaster the parking facilities it needs to support the local economy; but we've been stopped from doing so by this legal challenge.

"One of the Council's key priorities is to tackle the tough stuff - and that means not being afraid to take on difficult projects such as this.  It's been a long road, but finally we're now in a position to push ahead with what we've wanted to do for the people of Tadcaster for so long."

As a result of the High Court judgement, the Council now has to wait 21 days to see if the High Court decision is challenged before commencing the works.

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