Kirklees Council has faced a bill of more than £200,000 due to losing planning appeals.
And the biggest share – £160,000 – was paid to Redrow Homes which won two appeals after Kirklees councillors rejected three applications for new housing in Scissett, Skelmanthorpe and Cleckheaton.
The major housing plans were opposed by councillors and residents, but Redrow appealed against the rejection of planning consent and won. Kirklees chose not to defend itself at the appeal due to not having an up-to-date planning framework to defend its stance.
A Kirklees spokesman said: “A Planning Inspector can agree a cost award but does not set the amount. That is a matter of negotiation between the council and the appellant.
“For the year 2014, the council has agreed to pay the sum of £160,000 in respect of a combined settlement following appeals at Pilling Lane, Scissett; Strike Lane, Skelmanthorpe and Ashbourne Drive, Cleckheaton respectively.”
Kirklees also paid £5,502.70 following an appeal relating to a quarry at Cartworth Moor Road.
The owners sought consent to continue extracting sandstone, which was approved by Kirklees subject to conditions, including one relating to a highway maintenance scheme being submitted.
However, the Planning Inspector gave it the go-ahead but listed conditions relating to heavy goods use and awarded costs against Kirklees.
The council had to further pay £12,000 following an appeal at Bankfield House, Taylor Hill, where Antler Homes wanted to build 10 new homes.
In 2013 the council has paid £570 following an appeal at Inglewood Avenue, Huddersfield after refusing permission for the installation of window and alterations to convert a plant room to form accommodation.
In 2012 Kirklees paid £1,500 in respect of an appeal at Moorgate Farm, Moor Lane, Netherthong, where the homeowner wanted to erect a roof to form covered link from existing house to existing garage; plus £770 for an appeal for decking at Deer Hill Drive, Marsden.
Kirklees has been awarded costs as a result of a withdrawn public inquiry at Storthes Hall, but an amount for payment has not been agreed between the parties.