The landlords of Aberdeen’s IKEA store have done a U-turn over their bid to avoid paying £130,000 in transport contributions.
Cyan Properties had been due to pay the money as part of a section 75 agreement relating to the redevelopment of the city’s Makro store.
Section 75 agreements are used to secure vital infrastructure such as roads and schools.
Last year the firm applied to have the Section 75 requirement set aside.
The move came after the Duke of Fife – whose company is behind the Chapelton of Elsick scheme near Newtonhill – successfully challenged an £8 million developer contribution bill in April 2016, eventually paying just £287,000.
But it has now been revealed the bid to have the requirement lifted on the IKEA site has been withdrawn.
Fraser Mitchell, of agents Shepherd and Wedderburn, said: “My client, Cyan Properties Limited, has instructed me to withdraw the application.”
A Cyan Properties Ltd spokesman said: “This was simply a business decision on Cyan’s part to honour the section 75 agreement we agreed with the council and it recognises the wider traffic issues in Aberdeen.”
In a separate agreement, almost £300,000 has been pledged to assist with the upgrade of the road at the Souter Head roundabout, while another £40,000 was committed to improve the Wellington roundabout.
The new IKEA opened in May last year.
Alan Strachan, chairman of the nearby Nigg Community Council, said: “Many of the developers haven’t been paying enough in Aberdeen.
“It’s good news the money is going to the local authority for further road improvements.
“There hasn’t been a significant increase just because of IKEA. At the moment, councils are strapped for cash and are trying to raise additional funds.
“Some developers try to get away without paying any money for any improvements to roads for example which would assist their development.”