A key decision on whether to approve the controversial Broughton Bypass plans has been delayed.
Members of Lancashire County Council’s development control committee were poised to make a call on the scheme at a meeting yesterday morning, until a council officer stepped in.
Stuart Perigo said: “Permission for this scheme was initially granted in 2001 and then renewed in 2006.
“It is the county council’s intention to build the bypass, but it has in the past generated a number of issues and given rise to extensive representation.
“Because of this, I feel it would benefit the committee to visit the area.”
Members proposed and seconded the motion.
The plans for the bypass are in two sections - the northern section of the 2km road will link a new roundabout on the A6 north of Broughton with a second new roundabout on Whittingham Lane.
The southern section, to come later, will take the road down to join up with the M55/A6 junction - currently being upgraded - at Broughton roundabout.
The aim of the bypass is to relieve heavy congestion that builds up between Broughton traffic lights and the motorway.