AMBER Valley Borough Council had to shell out £24,280 as a result of a planning appeal.
The authority turned down an application which included building two agricultural buildings and a portal frame building on land off Barnsley Lane in Idridgehay.
Borough councillor Alan Cox said: “When the original application was turned down, the council turned it down on several grounds.
“But some of the grounds were deemed spurious according to the Planning Inspectorate, so costs were awarded against the council.
“So, although we won the appeal, some of our reasons for turning the planning application down were spurious so we had to pay the appeal costs.”