Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 23, 2019

Champion Letters Dominated By Local Plan

There are some more Champion letters  about the proposed Local Plan. Depending on the writers’ own view it is a positive game changer, it will exacerbate traffic nightmare for Bickerstaffe, the people of Skem deserve more than just more houses, and have you really had your say?

Cllr Gail Hodson  seen with the Labour Party Leader, introduces Master Planning in her letter. We know that “A master plan is a dynamic long-term planning document that provides a conceptual layout to guide future growth and development. Master planning is about making the connection between buildings, social settings, and their surrounding environments. A master plan includes analysis, recommendations, and proposals for a site’s population, economy, housing, transportation, community facilities, and land use. It is based on public input, surveys, planning initiatives, existing development, physical characteristics, and social and economic conditions.

“Master planning can assume some or all of these roles: Develop a phasing and implementation schedule and identify priorities for action; Act as a framework for regeneration and attract private sector investment; Conceptualize and shape the three-dimensional urban environment; Define public, semiprivate, and private spaces and public amenities; Determine the mix of uses and their physical relationship; Engage the local community and act as builder of consensus”…THIS we wait to see?

And once again we must all be overjoyed that “only releasing 1.7% of our beloved greenbelt still leaves us with 88.5% of the greenbelt”.

Linda Mathie deplores the loss of greenbelt and Grade A agricultural land in Bickerstaffe, the loss of farm buildings, farm workers’ jobs, and “the very real threat of Compulsory Purchase Orders on surrounding homes and land”. And, as is always the case, she reminds us that “the vultures are already circling!” …we sent them from Parrs Lane, Aughton, sorry about that!

From a Proud Skelmersdale resident we read of concern that “our land is cheaper than yours and your soil seems to be of better quality”. And, of course, there is no infrastructure. Once again Skelmersdale and its people have been let down.

And, finally, a West Lancashire Resident wants to know if you have really had your say? It’s all about what happened to your representation, how it depends on you posting it or sending it by email. It seems that the WLBC software misconstrues letters and numbers. We aren’t certain that the same software was applied to the Local Plan itself, but it might be worth asking?


  1. You can say anything you like about local Labour, but they DO know a good bandwagon to jump on when they see it. They even repeat the same guff as the Tories- “it’s ok- it’s only a teeny % of greenbelt” they cry. I wonder how many of Corbyn’s values they share? From what I’ve noticed, not many.

    • They do, and it shows. One of these days they might say it’s a teeny % of fine agricultural land lost to farming…no, I guess they won’t.

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