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Monday, 04 March 2013 (3035933)
Plans for new homes up for discussion
by David Simister

A BID to build more than a hundred new homes in Banks is set to be discussed by West Lancashire councillors at a meeting in Ormskirk tomorrow night (March 7).

Members of the borough council's planning committee will meet to discuss whether plans submitted by Redrow Homes for outline planning permission to build 115 homes on land near to Greaves Hall Avenue should be given the green light, after a similar application last year stalled after the local authority failed to reach a verdict in time.

A report presented to planning committee members ahead of tomorrow night's meeting reads: “Members may recall that a report was considered at the Planning Committee meeting held on January 10 this year to determine the Council’s position in respect of defending the current appeal on grounds of non-determination. That report set out the current policy position and the likelihood of successfully defending the appeal in the light of current planning circumstances. Members supported the recommendation not to contest the appeal.

”Subsequently the submission of this second and current application is seeking to resolve all issues associated with the application for outline permission and the associated legal agreement. If this occurs then it is likely that the appeal, scheduled for April this year will be withdrawn, nevertheless, it is important that this application is viewed and determined on its own planning merits.“

Last year, Redrow submitted a similar set of plans for the same site, but launched an appeal against the borough council, which is still ongoing, after the local authority failed to reach a decision within the allocated eight week deadline.

In a statement submitted as part of their latest planning application, Redrow Homes said of its plans for Banks: ”There is a clear need for additional housing to be delivered in West Lancashire, with only 3.75 years supply being accepted by the council. Much of the housing proposed by the council. Much of the housing proposed by the council is constrained by infrastructure issues. As a result it is submitted that in line with national policy deliverable sites should be brought forward.

“The application lies within the settlement of Banks, and representes sustainable developkment and can be brought forward immediately utilising existing infrastructure. It is therefore submitted that the application is worthy of the council's support and that planning permission should be granted.”

The meeting starts at 7.30pm tomorrow night at the council's headquarters in Ormskirk.


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