�200,000 bill for taxpayers after High Court ruling on plans for the Norwich-area

Attempts to ensure plans mapping out 37,000 houses for the Norwich-area address a High Court ruling are predicted to cost taxpayers' more than �200,000.

Judge Mr Justice Ouseley earlier this year ordered Broadland's part of the joint core strategy (JCS) to be reviewed.

This work has to focus on showing why land to the north east of Norwich, including Rackheath and Old Catton, was earmarked for development.

New figures show Norwich, South Norfolk and Broadland councils expect to share equally costs of �119,439 from now until March 2013 and the JCS resubmission stage.

This cost is on top of �76,500 already spent on legal fees, consultants and planning work attempting to rectify part of the JCS.


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Broadland provided a breakdown of the existing and future costs following a request from the Norwich Evening News.

The authority says it has split with Norwich and South Norfolk: �19,000 on legal fees up to the High Court challenge and the �29,000 awarded to meeting costs of the claimant, Stephen Heard, chairman of Stop Norwich Urbanisation (Snub).

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The Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP), which consists of Broadland, Norwich, Norfolk, South Norfolk councils and the Broads Authority, has funded two parts.

These include �12,000 to the Planning Officers' Society Enterprises for 'critical friend support', which involves a group having a second-look at plans and offering support or advice. A further �16,500 was spent producing a new sustainability assessment for the JCS, which was carried out by consultancy firm URS.

An independent report commissioned by Broadland, which called the JCS process 'infected from the outset', also cost �6,000. Broadland will cover the report's cost.

Snub chairman Mr Heard said: 'We are looking for the public inquiry to demonstrate how once again the JCS is legally flawed. We think they are trying to rush it through.'

Andrew Proctor, Broadland council leader, has previously said the work since the High Court ruling will be 'full, fair and transparent'.

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