Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 25, 2017

Bats and A Bowling Green Defeat Halton Castle Pub Demolition

Among reasons given to refuse planning development, such as flooding, traffic, and over development, are concerns about the bowling green and a species that trumps having 10 extra houses, bats .

1. The applicant has failed to compensate or demonstrate that the loss of the recreational and cultural facility (bowling green) provides an overall benefit to the community in social, environmental and economic terms and therefore fails to comply with Policy EN3 in the West Lancashire Local Plan.
2. The proposed development conflicts with Policy EN2 in the West Lancashire Local Plan 2012-2027 DPD and paragraph 118 of the National Planning Policy Framework in that it has not been demonstrated that the proposal would not adversely affect priority species and their habitats, namely bats.

Refusal Of Planning Permission Town And Country Planning Act 1990 Town And Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015. In respect of application number 2017/0370/FUL received on 3 April 2017 and in pursuance of its powers under the above-mentioned Act and Order, West Lancashire Borough Council as Local Planning Authority, having considered your application, hereby refuses permission for: Demolition of disused public house. Development of site to provide 10 No semidetached houses at: Halton Castle Inn , Crosshall Brow, Westhead, Ormskirk for the Reason(s) listed on the attached sheet.


  1. Now if that was good quality agricultural land in Greenbelt, it would have been an instant YES!

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