Gateshead Council's decision to prosecute a pub for not abiding by planning rules has led to accusations of double-standards after the Council failed to get planning permission before building a huge new car park at Quarryfield, near the Gateshead Quays.
This car park was built in time for the Great North Exhibition last year. And then it was pointed out that no planning permission had been granted for the development. Two days before the £700,000 car park was due to open, Gateshead Council granted itself planning permission.
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