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Monday, 11 February 2013 (3035261)
Rufford housing plan bid a step closer
by David Simister

A BID to build dozens of new homes in Rufford are a step closer to going ahead after councillors allowed the borough planner to make the final decision on the scheme.

At a meeting last Thursday night (February 7) members of West Lancashire Borough Council's planning committee voted to delegate the decision over whether 51 new homes can be built in the village to borough planner Jonathan Harrison, subject to a funding agreement under the Town and Country Planning Act being struck with the developer.

The plans, which involve building new homes on a field near the junction of Sluice Lane and New Road, were referred to the planning committee amid concerns it would be unsustainable for the village, with no less than 77 Rufford residents sending in representations to the local authority.

The borough council's planning department, however, recommended that councillors did not block the proposals, with a report into the scheme's viability noting that the development would have “no significant harm to the character of the local area”.


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