West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with local residents living near to the proposed site for a new McDonalds Drive-Thru in Bickerstaffe to listen to their concerns.
A decision on the planning application was deferred by West Lancashire Borough Council’s planning committee at its meeting in April. This was to allow the plans to be reviewed and revised and for more information on the traffic information to be provided. It is understood a formal complaint has been submitted over the handling of the vote at the planning committee.
Speaking after the visit, MP Rosie said:
“Residents are deeply concerned that at the last planning committee their concerns were not listened to. They feel aggrieved that the motion for refusal was not voted on after being proposed. Instead the decision has been deferred leaving residents facing continued uncertainty about what will happen on this site. This is not the first time I have received complaints from residents about how the planning committee approach their decision making.
“Having met and spoken with residents it is clear they are worried about the impact of the drive-thru on their area. What impact it will have in terms of traffic and road safety, lighting, noise and general tidiness of the area.
“I also understand that there are issues relating to the ownership of a section of the land.
“My priority is to ensure that residents’ interests are given full consideration when they face being affected by this development. After all they are the ones that have to live with the consequences of these decisions day in day out.
“Therefore, I have written to West Lancashire Borough Council and the Planning inspector on these matters.”