Rosie Cooper MP

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11/06/13 - MP Rosie calls for help over planning shambles


West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has written to the Planning Inspectorate Chief Executive asking for an investigation into local planning application shambles.


Dalton residents have contacted MP Rosie to express their lack of confidence in the Borough Council’s planning process and the Planning Committee. In May, the plans for a development on Long Heys Lane, Dalton, were considered by the Committee. It was decided to defer the decision after controversial rulings and votes on whether to reject the plans.


These plans are next due before the Planning Committee at its meeting on 20th June 2013.


Speaking ahead of the meeting MP Rosie said: 


“This case highlights some very serious and deep concerns about how planning decisions are being taken by the Borough Council.


“We have a situation in which the Council have failed to pursue planning enforcement on this site; the plans submitted don’t appear to make sense; the procedure followed in taking the votes was shambolic and appeared to be irregular; and the wishes of the Committee Members as shown by the vote on the motion to refuse the application appear to have been over-ruled.


“All of this has led to local residents losing confidence in the planning process.


“Besides writing to West Lancashire Borough Council’s Planning Department, I’ve also written to the Planning Inspectorate. I feel that the Council need to get some help and advice, before residents completely lose faith in the planning process in West Lancashire. It is the residents who will have to live with the consequences of some really poor planning decisions, all of which could have been avoided.”

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