West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper took Burscough residents’ opposition to development plans for Yew Tree Farm to the House of Commons last night.
On Monday 11 February 2013 Rosie presented the 4016 signature petition to the House of Commons on behalf of Burscough Action Group who collected the names in the campaign to stop development on the farm site in Burscough, as part of West Lancashire Local Plan 2012-2027.
Currently the Local Plan is being examined for soundness and legal compliance by a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Speaking to present the petition the MP requested that the House of Commons on behalf of Burscough Action Group and Burscough residents urge the Government to stop the proposed development in the West Lancashire Local Plan by West Lancashire Borough Council.
Commenting after presenting the petition, MP Rosie said:
“In mid-January I met with the members of the Burscough Action Group who presented me with copies of the petition names they’ve collected opposing the plans for Yew Tree Farm. There is clearly strong opposition within the village with regard to these housing and industrial development proposals.
“One of the barriers residents feel they have had to face is the refusal of West Lancashire Borough Council to listen to the residents during the Local Plan process.
“That is why this on Monday evening I took their case and the campaign to the House of Commons Chamber presenting the petition. It is another avenue through which Burscough Action Group and Burscough residents can have their voices heard.”
“In the coming weeks the Planning Inspector will be conducting his Examination of the West Lancashire Local Plan. I am sure that he will be listening very carefully to the views of local residents and their concerns about the Local Plan.”