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Macob scores in rugby ruck

DEVELOPER Macob has been given the go-ahead for a High Court hearing into its row with a South Wales council over the planned £140 million Welsh Rugby Union academy.

Macob issued Bridgend County Borough Council with a writ and was told by the High Court on Monday it could proceed to a full hear ing.

The row started when the council approved the sale of Island Farm to Island Farm Development Ltd, a subsidiary of Macob, in Apr il 2004.

The developer was planning to build housing, an extension to the Bridgend science park and an academy for the Welsh Rugby Union.

But local elections saw the incumbent Labour Party replaced by a coalition of Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and independents and the decision was reversed.

The developer will argue for the court to reverse this decision and is also seeking damages for the costs incurred following the council's earlier agreement to sell.

The council declined to comment.