Barnsley Council refused to disclose details of a grant of more than £1m to a builder, The Star can reveal.
A Freedom of Information request shows the authority is making four payments of £274,650 to CDP Marshall, to build two warehouses in the borough.
A total of £1,098,600 of taxpayers’ cash is coming from its Property Investment Fund.
The authority initially said the fund had contributed to the warehouse, but refused to say how much, or whether the money was a grant or a loan.
The Star asked for details, but was told the figure would not be released because it was ‘commercially sensitive’.
The council did not say which regulation was being used to keep the matter private.
Eventually the newspaper submitted a Freedom of Information Request asking for the details.
Shaun Higginbottom, business investment manager, then confirmed the amount.
He said bidding for monies was a competitive process and they didn’t want to publicise the figure due to interest from developers in “limited funds”.
The issue came to light last month when the council, CDP Marshall and a property agent announced the completion of the buildings on Capitol Park at Junction 37 of the M1. Solarframe has taken one of the units.
On the same site, Sheffield City Region publicly announced it loaned £2.2m to Carnell Management Services to build 15 units.