Inspector snubs residents in battle to save cul-de-sac

Quiet cul-de-sac: Bannister Lane, Farington Moss. Below, Coun Margaret Smith
Quiet cul-de-sac: Bannister Lane, Farington Moss. Below, Coun Margaret Smith
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A government inspector has over-ruled the wishes of a council’s planning committee on a housing issue and devastated residents in Leyland.

Homeowners on Bannister Lane in Farington Moss have accused South Ribble’s planning committee of ‘lying’ after members made assurances that their cul-de-sac would not be used to access a new housing development in the area.

Councillor Kelly

Councillor Kelly

Wainhomes applied for planning permission for the lane to be used on a temporary basis for residential traffic to a future 125-home development, despite the committee promising that the road would not be used.

But politicians say their hands were tied after a planning inspector ruled that the street would be suitable for temporary use.

Once Lancashire County Council builds a new spine road connecting Croston Road to Flensburg Way through the centre of the land allocated for housing, expected in 2016, Bannister Lane will no longer be required, she said.

South Ribble Council leader, Coun Margaret Smith, said at the meeting: “It’s imperative that we keep the pressure on Lancashire County Council.

“We fight all the time to get infrastructure put in first 
(before houses are built) and the inspector has turned that on its head in this case.

“It’s very annoying for us and for the residents who we have given assurances to.”

Farington West councillor Graham Walton, who sits on the planning committee, said: “I am totally opposed to this.

“People are suffering, anticipating the traffic which is going to go down Bannister Lane.”

Bannister Lane resident Ken DaCosta said: “If this is how democracy works, it’s not going very well.”

The access plans were approved on a vote of 13 to one.