Taxpayers in Corby have contributed £50,000 towards the cost of challenging the case for Rushden Lakes.
This is despite its owns witnesses saying the impact of the development on Corby town centre would be “relatively insignificant”.
Information obtained under the Freedom of Information act also revealed that Kettering Council has contributed £101,700 towards the legal costs of the consortium of Corby, Kettering and Northampton councils.
However, evidence from the consortium’s witnesses have alleged the development would have more of an impact on the Kettering town centre.
When asked his opinion about the impact Rushden Lakes would have on other county town centres, Chris Goddard, retail and town centre development witness for the consortium of councils, said: “I’m not concerned about Rushden town centre and I think in Corby the impact would be relatively insignificant.
“It’s my view that there’s significant impact on Wellingborough, Northampton and I am also concerned about Kettering.”
Corby Council is expected to spend £25,500 for legal fees and £25,000 for consultancy costs towards the consortium of objecting councils’ legal teams costs.