PHOTO: WARWICK SMITH/STUFF – The property developer behind the DKSH warehouse in Palmerston North has been ordered to pay more than $400,000 in development contributions.

A property development company has failed to dodge paying a city council more than $400,000, with a High Court judge upholding councils’ ability to charge levies for large commercial projects.

But the man behind the company says the judgment is only “round one”.

Palmerston North City Council succeeded in fighting an application by Palmerston North Industrial and Residential Properties Ltd, which is connected to a web of companies controlled by Brian Green, to avoid paying a $415,494 development contribution levy.


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