Homes plan thrown out by inspector

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

The plans for the new development off Coote Lane and Church Lane were first refused by the council’s planning committee last March.

Councillors had agreed with an officer’s recommendation that they should be turned down as the land had been safeguarded for future development as part of the Local Development Framework, a blueprint for the future of South Ribble that has been compiled after extensive public consultation.

However, after the applicants (landowners Peter and Sheilagh Chester and Michael Gould) appealed the decision, a hearing was called in January and an independent planning inspector visited the area to hear both parties.

The inspector has now upheld the council’s decision to refuse the application.

Councillor Cliff Hughes, the council’s cabinet member 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.”