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Monday, 30 January 2012 (3022894)
Firm digs in over allotment plans
by David Simister

AN APPEAL has been lodged against a council decision to refuse planning permission for dozens of allotments and a picnic area in Halsall.

Turfland, based in Scarisbrick wants to create 73 allotments on agricultural land on New Cut Lane which the council says would be development on green belt land.

A spokeswoman for Turfland said: “We want to create somewhere for allotments in West Lancashire, because we know that allotments are in very short supply and that people are desperately looking for them.

”In our opinion, it would be a useful service which we could provide for West Lancashire residents, on a site which offers grade one soil. The site would not be in-your-face or at all detrimental to the local area. It would be discreet, tasteful and attractive while serving a useful purpose.“

The company originally applied for permission to create allotments at the site, near to the RSPCA rescue centre, in May 2011 but the plans were refused by the borough council's planning department last November.

Along with the allotments, the firm planned accompanying sheds, a portable toilet, and provisions for car parking and picnic area.

However Halsall Parish Council was among the organisations which voiced its concerns about the application, and argued that the site would create traffic problems on New Cut Lane as well as constituting development on the area's green belt land.

The appeal outcome is due to be published next month.


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