SUFC claim against Local Enterprise Partnership and Council dismissed


Scunthorpe United Football Club’s claim against the decision of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership to grant £1.9million to North Lincolnshire Council has been dismissed by a court this month.

North Lincolnshire Council had originally applied for the grant in March 2016 to help construct the new northern junction of the M181, which would enable access to the proposed Lincolnshire Lakes housing development and to SUFC’s proposed new football stadium.

However, Scunthorpe United replaced NLC as the applicant on 4th May 2016 given their interest in the scheme but due to difficulties securing the land for the new stadium from landowner KMG, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership suggested the proposal could not proceed.

Following the KMG setback, the football club identified a new site and discussed an alternative proposal, suggesting the £1.9m Growth Deal Fund could contribute towards a scheme that included a proposed new stadium to be located off the intended new Southern Junction of the M181.

The GLLEP’s Investment Board decided that they were unable to support SUFC’s proposal for funding in respect of the Southern Junction scheme and approved the investment of £1.9m
growth deal for the northern junction, granting monies to North Lincolnshire Council.

The claim by Scunthorpe United Football Club was brought on grounds of irrationality and procedural unfairness, all of which were dismissed by the Judge on 9th November.

A statement read:

On Friday 9 November 2018 HHJ Kramer, sitting in the administrative court in Leeds, handed down judgment dismissing a claim in judicial review brought by Scunthorpe United Football Club (‘SUFC’) against the decision of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (‘GLLEP’) to grant £1.9million to the building of the northern junction project at Lincolnshire Lakes in Scunthorpe. The grant was awarded to North Lincolnshire Council for the project following an application by SUFC for the monies to be transferred to the southern junction in the Lincolnshire Lakes Area Action Plan area.

The claim was brought on grounds of irrationality and procedural unfairness, all of which were dismissed by the Judge.

A full judgment is expected shortly.

James Strachan Q.C. and Daniel Stedman Jones appeared for the Defendant, Victoria Hutton appeared for the interested party.

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Written by Will Montag

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