About a year ago the Aughton Residents Group (2012)
related their feelings of “how they had been misled and betrayed after West Lancashire Borough Council announced it is looking to bring in a new local Plan stretching to 2050. “The Group are still finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that whilst they were celebrating the Borough Council’s successful rebuttal of developers’ attempts to usurp the current Local Plan, it has now become clear that behind the closed doors of the Borough’s Planning Department, key politicians and Senior Planning Officers were colluding to deliver housing developers a bonanza beyond their wildest expectations”.
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“In 2013, the land bordered by Parrs Lane, Long Lane and Prescot Road lost its green belt status and was included in the current adopted WLBC Local Plan (2012 -2027) as a Plan B safeguarded site (supposedly safeguarded FROM development until 2027 with stringent conditions attached).
The developers REDROW propose the building of some 250 dwellings and WAINHOMES some 150 dwellings (Total 400 dwellings).
“The Aughton Residents’ Group, ARG(2012) was formed to oppose those proposed developments and has done so at various Public Inquiries and Appeal Hearings. We continue to do so as this land (now both sides of Parrs Lane – total proposed dwellings now 900) and some further 2000 + dwellings in the Ormskirk Area is included in WLBC’S Policy SP8 of the New Emerging Plan Preferred Options Paper which covers the period 2012 -2050”.
“NOTE. The proposed 30 year plan has now been discounted and WLBC Planners are now working on the formulation of a 15 year Plan (2020 – 2035) which is still very much at its early stages, meaning that further lengthy delays are almost inevitable !!!!!!!”.
Time to bring back common sense?
Parrs Lane land retains its top class agricultural land status. Do we want crops, food, a successful local farming industry, or do we want thousands of houses making vast fortunes for developers while clogging the roads and local services?