Litigation Writs 11/11/97

Hampshire County Council is being sued for more than £300,000 by two property development companies over its alleged failure to build the planned Southern Distributor road near Fareham within an agreed time. Beazer Homes (Yateley), of Bath, and McLean Homes South West, of Willenhall, West Midlands, are claiming £242,500 from the council, with interest of £6,238 and continuing interest of £22.92 a day. Their writ says they entered a written agreement with the council in July 1989 over development of land between Fleet End Road and Warsash Road in Hampshire, and that Fareham Borough Council agreed to grant planning permission for residential development of the land, subject to the companies entering into an agreement with the council over the building of certain highways. It says the companies agreed to pay the council £41,250, and also agreed to pay another £371,250 two years from the date of the agreement for the road works, subject to the council starting construction of the Southern Distributor road by 31 March last year. It claims the council covenanted that if it failed to start the road works by 31 March last year, it would repay the developers £242,500, but in breach of the agreement has repay any of the money.

Writ issued by Gellhorn Cooney Laugharne.

Cambridgeshire widow Janet James, whose husband Colin died after a road accident in August 1995, is suing motorist John Lines of Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire for damages. Her claim is brought under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934.

Writ issued by David Levene & Co, London

Paragon Finance, formerly the National Home Loans Corp, is suing solicitors Batt Holden of Sevenoaks; solicitors AW Kemp and Co of London, EC1; mortgage brokers Anthony Humberstone of Selsdon, Surrey and Nowsad Gani of the same address; valuers Cobbs Property Services, trading as GA Property Services, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Camille Humberstone of 149 Addington Road and Peter Deane of 159 Clapham High Street, London SW4. The claim relates to an alleged mortgage fraud in respect of property at Beulah Hill, South Norwood, London SE19, through which Paragon lost more than £110,000.

Writ issued by Hamlin Slowe, London W1.