Majority of Wirral Council councillors agree settlement agreement with Nicklaus Joint Venture Group and payment of £495,000 over abandoned Hoylake Golf Resort project
By John Brace (Editor)
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)
First publication date: Friday 20th August 2021, 9:19 AM (BST).
At a meeting of Wirral Council councillors held on the 11th August 2021 behind closed doors and not webcast, the Labour and Independent councillors outvoted Conservative, Green and Lib Dem councillors (who opposed it) in agreeing to a payment of £495,000 to Nicklaus Joint Venture Group Limited.
Nicklaus Joint Venture Group Limited had threatened legal action against Wirral Council over an alleged breach of trust to do with the Development Agreement between Wirral Council and the Nicklaus Joint Venture Group Limited connected with the Hoylake Golf Resort. Nicklaus Joint Venture Group Limited had requested £20 million in damages from Wirral Council but this was negotiated down to £495,000.
The payment has since been made by Wirral Council, is made without any admission of liability or fault by Wirral Council, released Wirral Council from any responsibilities under the Development Agreement and is made in full and final settlement of the dispute between the two parties.
The Hoylake Golf Resort was deeply unpopular with campaigners, although it remains to be seen what plans (if any) Wirral Council has for the land in that area in the future.
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