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Grey Gables Farm to be Bulldozed

Location plan showing the proximity of the affordable housing to the motorway Location plan showing the proximity of the affordable housing to the motorway

CPRE Lancashire was disappointed to learn that an appeal inspector decided to allow the Bellway’s appeal of South Ribble Council’s refusal, for demolition of Grey Gables Farm and development of 193 new homes.  

Jackie Copley, Planning Manager spoke at the inquiry, which lasted four days in August.  Whilst CPRE Lancashire accepted the site was an identified housing allocation in the local plan, and the principle to build needed homes established, there were legitimate concerns about the scheme design.  Bellway had placed the affordable homes nearest to the motorway, and CPRE along with local residents expressed concern about the levels of noise and air pollution at such close proximity, among other issues, such as highway safety.  CPRE Lancashire recommended a wider no build zone similar to that proposed by a neighbouring housing scheme, and on site play facilities.  


However, Martin Whitehead the inspector decided that even though the gardens of eight of the new affordable properties will be exposed to noise levels from the nearby M61 motorway, in excess of the 55 decibels deemed acceptable under World Health Organisation guidelines, the Bellway application should be approved.  This was the key reason for refusal by South Ribble Planning Committee due to concern over the health and well-being of future communities living on the site. 


The Government’s revised National Planning Policy Framework, July 2018 places additional weight on building enough new homes, and has introduced a Housing Delivery Test, and retains a focus on developer viability, which means local authorities have less control over developments coming forward on greenfield sites.  


CPRE Lancashire wants new development to be truly sustainable, offer quality of life for new communities and best protect and enhance the countryside in the future.  It will seek good planning policies in local plans and appropriate site allocation.



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