Click for larger image (opens in a new window)
Last weekend some residents of Tarleton & Hesketh Bank received a copy of Persimmon’s latest plan to develop the brownfield site of Altys Brickworks and adjacent greenfield grazing land.
West Lancs Borough Council, in its2012 – 2027, designated part of this site to be within its .
The Council’s own policy onstates :
Development within the Borough’s Coastal Zones, as defined on the Policies Map, will be limited to that which is essential in meeting the needs of coastal navigation, amenity and informal recreation, tourism and leisure, flood protection, fisheries, nature conservation and / or agriculture.
(from Policy EN2: Preserving and Enhancing West Lancashire’s Natural Environment)
How then can this proposal be allowed to go ahead?
The problem here is that the planning department are fully aware of Persimmon’s intentions. Persimmon have previously published plans that include housing developments within the. Why has WLBC Planning department not guided the developer to adhere to Council policy? The ( ) encourages a presumption in favour of sustainable development but surely this must comply with policies in the .
At the time of posting Persimmon have not yet lodged a planning application for this proposal. Persimmon invite you to comment on their proposal, and while this is OK, HBTAG recommend you take the time to comment on the planning application when it is lodged.
We’ll let you know when this happens and also provide helpful hints and tips on putting together a valid comment (there are pitfalls in this for the unwary!)