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12th September 2014
Council defer ALTY's 275 homes decision
Source: Southport Visiter

Tensions ran high at the West Lancashire Borough Council planning meeting last week as councillors discussed plans for 275 homes in Hesketh Bank.

An unprecedented six speakers gave their views on the application before councillors on Thursday night.

Councillors were due to grant the outline planning application, providing various conditions were met, but decided to defer their decision until next month’s meeting.

The Alty’s site is designated as land for housing and employment in the recently adopted Local Plan but councillors were concerned that not enough investigation work had been done by developers regarding the ecology of the site and education provision.

Mike Ellis, who was representing Hesketh with Beccon-sall and Tarleton Action group, said: “We just don’t understand how this can be a sustainable development.

“There will be trouble with traffic on Hesketh Lane, the doctors and dentists will become oversubscribed, as will the schools.

“Local opposition to this development is intense and we demand a rethink. Too much is at risk if this development is allowed to proceed.”

Under the application, Persimmon Homes hope to first develop the greenfield part of the site and then develop the brownfield site.

Andy Pepper, who represented the applicant, said: “There has been no objection from the statutory consultees. Lancashire County Council did express concerns about drainage and we’ve worked to alleviate those concerns.

“We’ve also looked at developing those areas of the site that will be less complicated to develop first, but we are committed to delivering the site as a whole. We are just working within our concerns and constraints.”

Cllr Paul Blane, who expressed his concerns over the eight additional school places allocated, said: “I have been a governor of several local schools and I think provision for just eight places is ludicrous. The area’s primary schools are almost full and I know Tarleton High is also almost at capacity. We need more time to rethink this.”

Cllr Edward Pope agreed with Cllr Blane, saying: “There are lots of unanswered questions here. I, too, can’t understand the school provision and think the contaminated land issue needs to be looked at more closely.

“We have been elected by the public and they are clearly not happy about this proposal. They are confused about this application and we need more time to look into this. “ Councillors voted and agreed to defer the application for a month.

Assistant director for planning, John Harrison said: “You have made your decision but I am at a loss as to what more information I can bring you next month.

“The applicant has provided above and beyond the information required for an outline application and these questions should be answered at the reserved matters stage.”

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