£200K to be paid to takeaway owner
COUNCIL HAS TO COUGH UP TO TAKEAWAY BOSS – FOUR YEARS LATER
A COUNCIL has been ordered to pay a takeaway boss more than £200,000 after forcing him to leave a town centre to make way for a supermarket redevelopment.
In 2013, the £15m Morrisons superstore opened in Blyth, Northumberland, and was around 60% bigger than the one it has replaced on the same Regent Street site.
But the controversial project involved the removal of around a dozen nearby businesses, including takeaway owner Mustafa Behic.
The council was granted a compulsory purchase order (CPO) enabling it to acquire land and buildings in the centre of the town.
Most businesses agreed financial settlements from the council to move and, after a long legal struggle, the last have now had their payments confirmed by a tribunal.
Mr Behic, his son Orhan and his wife Susan’s former takeaway business will receive a combined £201,703, a tribunal has ruled.
Mr Behic, who owned the freehold of the land in Station Road and was an employee of the takeaway, had claimed he should be owed more than £300,000.
It included sums for loss of equipment when the property was taken, the value of the land itself and other losses.
But chartered surveyor Paul Francis, who led the tribunal, said he was not convinced that the sum was appropriate.
Instead he ordered that Mr Behic will receive £163,250 for the land and to cover his losses.
The takeaway business, Mermer Ltd, will get £31,845, and Orhan Behic, who ran a phone shop on part of the property, was awarded £5,978.
A council spokesman said: “The development of a new Morrisons store in Blyth was supported by the council as it provided a much-needed economic boost for the town, securing over 150 jobs and creating the potential for over 100 more.
“Extensive consultation was carried out with the public and key stakeholders, including those parties directly affected by the development, and the council secured the approval of the Secretary of State to pursue a CPO to facilitate the delivery of the development.
“The council and its agents worked closely with businesses to agree financial settlements.
“These businesses were not satisfied with the offers made and no agreement could be reached. The council therefore took the decision to take the matter to tribunal and the tribunal has agreed with the council’s financial offer.”