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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (3034581)
Call for inspector to listen to West Lancashire Local Plan concerns
by David Simister

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called on planning inspectors to listen to residents' pleas not to build hundreds of homes on the borough's green belt land.

The Government's Planning Inspector will begin a series of examination hearings on the West Lancashire Local Plan on February 19 listening to the views of thousands of residents who are against a proposal to build new homes on green belt land in order to satisfy future demand for housing.

Rosie Cooper MP said: “The Local Plan will set the course of development in West Lancashire for the next 15 years. People need to be confident in the process and the decision-making.

”Many residents feel they are being ignored and the council has ridden roughshod over them.

“It is my role as MP to raise these concerns and to give a voice to residents who feel they’re being ignored.”

The borough council has maintained that it needs a robust Local Plan in order to deal with future demand for housing and to prevent it from being at the mercy of developers who wish to build on other parts of the green belt in future.

But residents - particularly in Burscough - say their concerns have been ignored by the local authority.

Burscough Action Group, formed by residents concerned about the plan, stated: “The residents of Burscough have serious concerns about the Local Plan. But time and again the council have failed to listen.

”At every stage of this process we have sought to influence the plans and at every stage West Lancashire Borough Council have ignored us.

“Residents object to plans which will see Burscough rapidly grow from a village into a town crippled by congestion yet the borough council have resolutely continued to listen to developers rather than residents.”

Aughton Residents' Group, who aim to distribute leaflets over proposals to have land near Parr's Lane being used for housing, stated: “If the current proposals from property developers, land owners and West Lancashire Borough Council are accepted by the Government Inspector, then the land at Parrs Lane Aughton will have its Greenbelt status removed and be ‘safeguarded’ either for inclusion in the council's ‘backup’ Plan B or for future development after 2027.

”Aughton Residents Group 2012 Committee have been working in efforts to prevent this situation happening, on behalf of the hundreds of concerned residents who attended the two Public meetings held last year at the Aughton Village Hall.“

The Examination Hearings are due to start on Tuesday, February 19 and will be held at West Lancashire Investment Centre, in Skelmersdale.


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