‘Green belt’ housing scheme is kicked out
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.”
124 homes were planned on the land off Meadowbrook, in Burscough