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Rugby writ hits council after change in power

A DEVELOPER has issued a South Wales council with a High Court writ in a row over the planned £140 million Welsh Rugby Union development.

Bridgend Borough County Council approved the sale of Island Farm to development company Island Farm Development Limited - a subsidiary of construction group Macob - in April 2004.

The company wanted to build housing, an extension to Bridgend's science park and a Welsh Rugby Union academy.

But following local elections in June 2004, the incumbent Labour council was replaced by a coalition of Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and independents.The new councillors reversed the decision to sell the land in January.

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

IFDL claims council members were not properly briefed and were provided with inadequate or wrong information.

A council spokesman said: 'We can confirm that litigation has commenced. It is inappropriate to comment further.'

Papers were filed with the High Court last week and the council has until May 17 to respond. The High Court will then decide whether to grant a full hearing.