Rosie Cooper MP

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22/01/13 - Rosie Cooper MP calls on Planning Inspector to listen

Rosie Cooper MP recently met with representatives from Burscough Action Group (B.A.G.) over their continued opposition to Local Plan proposals for development at Yew Tree Farm. B.A.G. presented MP Rosie with a copy of their petition, which has over 4,000 signatures from local residents, opposing West Lancashire Borough Council’s Local Plan.


Burscough residents have consistently opposed the plans and in September 2012, at a Parish Poll, 96.3% of voters opposed them.


MP Rosie has spoken out against the plans on numerous occasions. Rosie raised residents’ concerns when she held an onsite meeting over the sewage and drainage infrastructure at Yew Tree Farm, an issue that is even more important given the recent flooding events.


The final draft of the Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in October 2012 and the Planning Inspector will now consider the plans.


Commenting on the Local Plan Rosie Cooper MP said:


“Throughout this process I have committed to ensuring residents voices are being heard. Across West Lancashire there are many who feel they’re being ignored and the Council has ridden roughshod over them.


“The Local Plan will set the course of development in West Lancashire for the next 15 years. People need to be confident in the process and the decision-making.


“It is my role as West Lancashire’s Member of Parliament to raise these concerns and to give a voice to residents who feel they’re being ignored.”


A representative from Burscough Action Group said:


“The residents of Burscough have serious concerns about the Local Plan. But time and again the Council have failed to listen.


“Burscough Action Group has been formed to ensure that the opinions of Burscough people are heard by West Lancashire Borough Council in preparing its Local Plan. Many local residents have been motivated to join our group, we have gathered over four thousand signatures and successfully called for a Parish Poll to gauge local feeling on the plans for Burscough.


“At every stage of this process we have sought to influence the plans and at every stage West Lancashire Borough Council have ignored us. At the Parish Poll in September 2012, 96.3% of voters voted against the plans for Burscough, this was yet another clear indication of Burscough residents’ objection to the plan to rapidly grow Burscough from a village into a town crippled by congestion and drainage issues; yet WLBC have resolutely continued to listen to developers rather than residents.”

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