‘Green belt’ hous­ing scheme is kicked out

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PLANS to build more than 100 new homes in Burscough have been put to bed af­ter a three-day public hear­ing.

De­vel­op­ers UKLP and Bloor Homes had wanted to build 124 homes on land near Mead­owcroft and ap­pealed against West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil’s ini­tial de­ci­sion to re­ject plan­ning per­mis­sion last year.

The land was taken out of Green Belt when the West Lan­cashire Lo­cal Plan was adopted, much to the anger of lo­cal res­i­dents, al­though it was not ear­marked for hous­ing.

The two firms re­quested a public in­quiry to be held over the plans and had hoped to per­suade plan­ning chiefs that they had solved is­sues such as traf­fic con­ges­tion which were raised lo­cally.

But the coun­cil last week pub­lished its final de­ci­sion, re­ject­ing the ap­peal.

The West Lan­cashire Labour group wel­comed the de­ci­sion and praised res­i­dents for mak­ing their op­po­si­tion heard. Cllr John Hod­son, port­fo­lio holder for plan­ning, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic re­sult for lo­cal democ­racy and res­i­dents of West Lan­cashire, par­tic­u­larly those in Burscough.

“When West Lan­cashire Labour took con­trol of the coun­cil, we said that we would sup­port res­i­dents by in­sist­ing that com­mit­ments out­lined un­der the mas­ter­plan­ning ex­per­tise be hon­oured.

“De­spite re­peated at­tempts by the de­vel­op­ers to push ahead with build­ing on this land with­out any in­di­ca­tion of pro­vid­ing those com­mit­ments, we have now suc­ceeded in stop­ping this pre­ma­ture and in­com­plete application.

“This re­sult helps pro­tect the in­tegrity of the cur­rent lo­cal plan and en­ables us to work on the next plan with­out fear of fur­ther chal­lenges from the de­vel­op­ers.”

The land which had been ear­marked for the devel­op­ment, near Mead­owcroft, Burscough

124 homes were planned on the land off Mead­ow­brook, in Burscough

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