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The High Court has backed the process carried out by North Dorset District Council to sell Shaftesbury cattle market.

An application for permission to apply for Judicial Review was lodged by ‘Justice for Shaftesbury’ earlier this year.

Following consideration of the documents lodged by ‘Justice for Shaftesbury’, Judge Anthony Elleray, refused permission for a Judicial Review, saying that he had not found an arguable case.

Councillor Michael Roake, North Dorset District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment said: ‘I am pleased with this positive outcome. A Judicial Review risked being a costly distraction and this judgement confirms our belief that the argument proposed by ‘Justice for Shaftesbury’ had no merit.

‘A new supermarket for the town will attract more visitors to Shaftesbury, boosting the economy and creating more jobs.

‘We’ve continued to process the sale of the site and are hopeful of completing this in the near future.’

Councillors agreed to the sale of the site to a leading supermarket chain in April of this year, following a competitive process which attracted a number of bids for the site.

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