A wrangle over Coventry
City’s new arena is to go the High Court later this week
following a row over the number of shops in the development.
The Sky Blues had won
permission from Coventry City Council to increase the number of
retail units in the shopping side of the development, which is
due to open in 2001.
But the two companies
which own the Upper and Lower Precinct are taking the city
council to court over the decision.
They claim that by
allowing more retail units to open at the stadium on the site of
the former Foleshill gasworks the council is allowing a new
out-of-town shopping centre – which contravenes national
Daniel Carter, of
Arrowcroft, the firm which is re-developing the Lower Precinct,
said the council had not put the changes out to consultation.
He added that he was
confident that this would lead to a successful legal challenge
as the council had operated beyond its remit.
“The city council is
too anxious to please everybody, forgetting important planning
“We and Land
Securities, who own the upper Precinct, are very concerned
that this will have a serious detrimental impact on Coventry
city centre to the extent that it could trigger a spiral of
Mr Carter said that the
principle of the football stadium was supported by the two
firms, but the changes allowing more big names to open had to be
City Council’s planning committee is to discuss the action at
a meeting tomorrow. Officers say they dispute the interpretation
of the council’s powers.