Posted by: westlancashirerecord | March 22, 2018

Aughton Residents Group 2012 Win Parrs Lane Victory

 In a truly astonishing victory the Aughton Residents Group 2012 and Peter Richards and the West Lancashire Borough Council Planning Department, supported by Labour Planning Portfolio holder John Hodson have defeated the Parrs Lane appeal for development by Wainhomes. Despite the appalling lack of support from the Aughton Tory councillors, ARGs  Colin Atkinson, Ian Forbes, David Willman, and  Peter Cullington have fought on and on to this amazing outcome. 

Appeal Decision Inquiry Held on 30-31 January and 1-2 February 2018 Site visit made on 2 February 2018 by Kevin Ward BA (Hons) MRTPI an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State Decision date: 22 March 2018

Appeal Ref: APP/P2365/W/15/3132594 Land to the east of Prescot Road, Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancashire. The appeal is made under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against a refusal to grant full and outline planning permission. The appeal is made by Wainhomes Developments Ltd against the decision of West Lancashire Borough Council. The application Ref 2015/0335/HYB, dated 30 March 2015, was refused by notice dated 30 June 2015. The development proposed is a hybrid application – full planning application for the erection of 50 dwellings and associated works and outline application including details of access for development of up to 100 dwellings plus 295m2 of D1 uses. This decision supersedes that issued on 19 August 2016 which was quashed by order of the High Court.

Decision 1. The appeal is dismissed.

“Conclusions 111. None of the triggers for Plan B have been activated and the proposed development conflicts with Policies GN2 and RS6. It would involve the loss of a significant area of BMV agricultural land and conflicts with Policy EN2. 112. The Council can demonstrate a five year supply of deliverable housing sites. Relevant policies in the Local Plan are not out of date in terms of paragraph 49 of the NPPF or for any other reason. Under these circumstances the presumption in favour of sustainable development contained in paragraph 14 of the NPPF does not apply. Material considerations do not provide a justification for granting planning permission. 113. For the above reasons and taking account of other matters raised I conclude that the appeal should be dismissed. Kevin Ward INSPECTOR”.


  1. Great news and the right outcome. Well done to all. Unfortunately the council are about to undo the balancing act of the current local plan with their replacement one currently under discussion.

    • Five years of our lives worthwhile, unbelievable result against big housing developers who should go to brownfield sites and build affordable homes there. There is still time for WLBC to rethink their replacement plan.

    • How do you know?

  2. What I want to know is who is informing the view that “the Council are about to undo the balancing act of the current local plan with their replacement one currently under discussion” and also “There is still time for WLBC to rethink their replacement plan” as the only release of any information from the embargoed LPCWG has come from Cllr Westley, hardly the most reliable source I would say. Residents of West Lancs should be far more ready to challenge the veracity of West Lancs Conservative Politicians’ statements, if nothing else but based on bitter experience?

    • This result, Parrs Lane, has been fought for long and hard by ARG supported by the community. It will be interesting to hear from any Aughton ward councillor, any of the five, what they believe in now. How about justice, integrity?

  3. Having been present at each day of the enquiry I need to express my thanks to all those who played their part in standing up against the aggressive might of the 2 developers. WLBC pulled out all the legal stops while Aughton Residents Group and Aughton Parish Council gave voice to the realities this development would bring to our community. Thank you too to Councillors who approved and supported the defence. The Inspector clearly considered the principle elements he outlined as key to his decision were satisfied in favour of the defence. Would note all 5 Borough Councillors holding seats in the 2 Aughton wards have been strangely quiet during the recent enquiry, perhaps regretting the day they voted to release this land from Green Belt.

    • That’s a refreshing and accurate view of recent events in Aughton and about Parrs Lane. It says much for the support of the WLBC Administration, as the costs will show to have been huge. Hopefully costs follow the case and the developers will be paying for the defence of Parrs Lane, probably peanuts to them but worth a fortune to green belt lovers.

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