The High Court in Leeds has rejected an application by Keep Louth Special for a Judicial Review into the process East Lindsey District Council followed in making its decision to sell the Livestock Market site in Louth to Asda, subject to contract and planning permission.
The Council has also been awarded £2,000 in costs.
The District Council’s portfolio holder for finance and Property, Coun John Upsall said: “The Council welcomes the decision of the High Court to reject the application for Judicial Review.
“From the outset the Council has followed a clear, fair and transparent process in relation to the sale of the site and the High Court’s decision confirms that we have acted properly.”
He added: “We have recently appointed architects to start looking in detail at what a replacement livestock market, with the flexibility for other uses on non-market days, might look like and we are already in discussions with the existing auctioneers and other stakeholders to help shape this.
“Although Asda hasn’t secured planning consent, should they do so, the council has been clear that the new livestock market will be up and running before the existing site ceases to operate as we know this continuity will be important to the farming community.”
The full High Court decision can be viewed via: www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/louthcattlemarket.