It appears that Planning officers may have allowed the developer to believe thatPolicies may be set aside in the pursuit of residential development.
This application emerged shortly after the2012–2027 was adopted in 2013, yet officers appear unable to defend Plan policies in the face of the developer’s demands. The developer seems to be under the impression that the policy on is flexible and, so long as the Marine Management Organisation has no objection, residential development is permissible.
Development within land designated asis prohibited unless it meets very limited criteria, which this application fails to do. In addition, by failing to secure employment use for the site the application fails to meet Policy EC3.
Reasons for refusal of the Reserved Matters application on 13th January 2017 have still not been adequately addressed, neither have the serious concerns of LCC Highways. If a proper Masterplanning exercise had been undertaken, as mandated by the, the Rural Development Opportunity at Hesketh Bank may well, by now, have been delivered bringing the required mix of Housing, Employment, Recreational use and Linear Park without the need to invade against Plan Policy EN2.5 thereby achieving the aims of Policy EC3
Unless there are major changes to this application, prior to resubmission, it should again be refused. WLBC should then undertake the required Masterplanning exercise to deliver a plan that meets the requirements of the RDO within the limits of Plan Policies and respects the wishes of existing residents and other stakeholders.
Developer led plans inevitably focus on benefits for the developer. Masterplanning seeks to address a wider remit for the whole community.
A Council led Masterplan would ensure all elements were fairly addressed, not only the residential build.