Millionaire agrees out-of-court settlement

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Millionaire Harrogate businesswoman Jan Fletcher has agreed an out-of-court settlement with Leeds City Council over costs involved from a failed legal challenge.

Ms Fletcher took the council to court following its decision in 2008 to make Clay Pit Lane, in Leeds city, the home of the Leeds arena.

It had been thought that Sweet Street in Holbeck - a site owned by her Harrogate-based Montpellier Estates firm - and land next to Leeds United’s Elland Road ground were the only places in contention to win the scheme. In the event, the council chose the Clay Pit Lane location and decided to build the venue itself.

Ms Fletcher alleged she had been duped by council bosses into competing in a sham selection process.

Council bosses had said they were bringing a bankruptcy action against Ms Fletcher, who owed the local authority £2m in interim costs following the arena case.

Last month, the case was adjourned at Harrogate County Court for Ms Fletcher to have more time to bring a suitable payment proposal to the table.

It is now understood a deal has been finally been agreed in principle for a £2m settlement of Leeds City Council’s costs.