Developers have launched their battle against council planners over the future of the north of Plymouth.
Teams of high-powered lawyers squared off in the city today over Plymouth City Council’s decision to refuse a £150million masterplan to develop Derriford.
The scheme by Wharfside Regeneration (Devon) would include a supermarket, 356 homes, shops, restaurants, care facilities and a car park on the 16.5 acre North West Quadrant, next to Derriford Hospital.
However, the council has earmarked the nearby Seaton Barracks Parade Ground as its preferred site for a district shopping centre – and one anchored by a 7,000sq metre superstore.
Sutton Harbour Holdings, which is also taking part in the inquiry, has published its own masterplan for a massive housing and shopping development – at the 113-acre City Airport site at Roborough.
Wharfside says it has already spent £300,000 and seven years in negotiations and consultation with the council about the North West Quadrant plan.
Dozens of witnesses have been called to the inquiry at Jury’s Inn in Plymouth, where government inspector David Nicholson is expecting to hear 17 days of evidence.
The council has set aside £200,000 to cover associated costs.