Keele Golf Centre officials hit back in long-running planning row
A GOLF company is demanding to be paid the costs of a planning inquiry it lost.
Jack Barker Golf Company had applied to create a more challenging course at Keele Golf Centre by importing 80,000 tonnes of material onto the site.
But the application was rejected by both Newcastle Borough Council and a Government planning inspector.
Now company officials have applied for the costs of the planning appeal to be paid by the borough council after accusing the authority of acting unreasonably during a planning meeting.
The total amount of the costs application was not revealed at this week's council planning meeting.
Area manager Nick Worrall told councillors: "The council's committee minute concerning the planning application did not set out any justification as to why the officer's recommendation for approval was not accepted."
The original planning application was rejected by the council in August, 2011 after concerns were raised over public safety, road safety and an overdevelopment of the site.
Jack Barker Golf Company appealed against the decision and the appeal was heard in February.
But a Government planning inspector has now ruled in favour of the council's original decision.
In his report, planning inspector Stephen Roscoe said: "The harm to the greenbelt from the inappropriate nature of the development and the absence of security in terms of restoration attracts substantial and very considerable weight against the proposal respectively."