West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has today called on West Lancashire Borough Council to hold developers Birley Hill Limited to account after they removed trees on their land in Skelmersdale without gaining the necessary planning permission.
Birley Hill Limited had begun removing trees on the land when residents became concerned and alerted Rosie who urged the council to act immediately to stop further damage. The Council have now responded to MP Rosie to say that the work that had been carried out required planning permission and they have instructed the company to cease activity, but made no mention of further enforcement action.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“The Borough Council have found that this company acted without planning permission, tearing down woodland trees, and yet all they have done is ask them to stop and apply for permission!
“I want to know why the council aren’t using the powers they have to take legal action against the company who have ignored planning requirements! If the council just let this go, and eventually grant the planning permission, they will be sending a message to all developers – come to West Lancs where planning permission is an afterthought!
“We can’t have a system where developers continually get away with doing the work first and asking for permission later! My constituents have a right to be consulted about this work and their opinions must be considered before work goes ahead!”