Homes appeal is thrown out

Land off Coote Lane, Farington Moss
Land off Coote Lane, Farington Moss
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South Ribble Borough Council has successfully defended a planning appeal to build 107 houses in Farington Moss.

Landowners wanted to build 107 houses between Church Lane and Coote Lane, despite the site being safeguarded’ against development.

Amid strong opposition from local residents, the council’s planning committee first turned down the proposals in March, because South Ribble’s Local Development Framework (LDF) outlines that the land should not be designated for any specific purpose at this time.

However, after the applicants appealed the decision, a hearing was called in January. An independent planning inspector has now upheld the council’s decision to refuse the application.

In his report, inspector Ian Jenkins said: “I conclude on balance, having had regard to the other matters raised, that the scheme would not amount to a sustainable form of development under the terms of the Framework.

“In my judgement, the harm that I have identified could not be satisfactorily mitigated through the imposition of the conditions that have been suggested to me.”

Councillor Cliff Hughes, cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning and housing, said: “It’s fantastic news that the council has successfully defended this planning appeal.

“It is an important decision for the borough as it shows that after years of hard work, the local plan is in place and working effectively.

“It also means that we have a tight control on shaping the future of South Ribble – prioritising the areas that need development while safeguarding land for the future.”

When the application was first mooted, the council received 51 letters of objection from residents and a petition with 204 signatures opposed to the scheme was also put forward, citing concerns such as flooding problems, traffic and loss of green space.

The LDF, a blueprint for the future of the area at has been compiled after extensive public consultation, has earmarked nearby land for major development which the council deems more suitable for homes.

Sites include Pickering’s Farm between Farington and Penwortham, with room for up to 1,350 houses, and land between Heatherleigh and Moss Lane in Farington Moss for 800 houses.