Posted by: westlancashirerecord | August 25, 2016

Did We Ever Have A Chance Of Keeping Parrs Lane Green?

What a Coincidence? On August 15th 2016 “Wainhomes has won an appeal that will now allow for dozens of homes on green space at Barton in rural Preston. The Inspector found “that the proposed development would be contrary to the development plan in terms of its location and would result in moderate harm to the rural character and appearance of the area. Balanced against this is the contribution to the supply of housing of up to 72 new homes with 35 per cent of those affordable, to which I have given significant weight”.

And on August 19th 2016 “Wainhomes has won an appeal that will now allow for 150 homes on Parrs Lane in rural Aughton. parrspic The proposed development conflicts with LP Policies GN2, RS6 and EN2 (4). Yet still, the scheme would be a form of sustainable development that complies with LP Policies EN2, GN3 (3), IF3 (2) (ii) and GN3(2), and Framework paragraphs that include 32 and 118. Therefore, the appeal should be allowed”.

But this follows a national pattern. Following a public inquiry in April 2013, Wainhomes Developments has won planning approval to build 60 homes on a greenfield site in Rochdale. The site is to the south of Rochdale town centre next to Ginell Farm in Broad Lane to the north of the M62. The key issues considered by the inspector were the sustainability of the site, internal layout, site access, traffic calming and highway safety concerns. Broad Land Action Group, consisting of local residents, provided evidence against the development proposals at the inquiry. Wainhomes Developments was represented by QC Vincent Fraser of Kings Chambers. Expert evidence for Wainhomes Developments was provided by Amjid Khan, director of Royal Haskoning DHV, on highways and transport issues. Stephen Harris, associate director at Emery Planning Partnership, provided evidence on policy and master planning matters. Emery Planning Team pic Emery_Planning_team

And it doesn’t end there. In Par Cornwall government inspector Mike Fox released a report detailing his Wainhomes appeal findings. In it, Mr Fox described Wainhomes’ proposal as a “sustainable development” and concluded that the appeal should be allowed. He said there were “several material considerations” in its favour, claiming development would “meet community needs for affordable housing”, and deliver “short-term economic benefits” by providing construction jobs. He rejected the case made by solicitors acting on behalf of Imerys, who said the development could jeopardise future investment in the company’s Par docks operation, suggesting the company had failed to provide compelling evidence to back those claims up. Mr Fox added “I have also shown that the proposal would be acceptable in relation to the other aspects where some local residents have expressed concerns…such as the highway and access arrangements, flood risk, design, landscaping, and nature conservation”.

Perhaps the Wainhomes real winner is Emery Planning Director Stephen Harris BSc (Hons) MRTPI. Mr Harris has experience of an extensive range of planning matters in locations across the country including Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall as well as the practice’s core base in the North West of England and North Wales. Housing, including housing land supply assessments and retail proposals are particular specialisms. His work includes preparation of pre-application advice and reports incorporating development briefs, the assessment of development sites and their potential, preparation of planning application submissions, co-ordination of development teams of other professionals; liaising and negotiating with planning authorities and giving expert evidence at Public Inquiries and development plan Inquiries. Well, he certainly did that in West Lancashire! For the Appellant Paul Tucker Queens Counsel. Instructed by Stephen Harris Director, Emery Planning Partnership.

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