On the 2 March 2017, CPRE Lancashire along with ARROW (Action to Reduce and Recycle Our Waste) attended a Court of Appeal hearing concerning a legal challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision to grant the Whitemoss Development Control Order for the expansion of hazardous waste land filling in Green Belt protected land South of Skelmersdale.
The Development Control Order includes compulsory acquisition rights on land adjacent but not currently owned by Whitemoss Limited. It is feared that the decision may be unlawful and a breach of European Regulations.
Central to the case is the fact that the land is part of restricted Green Belt and the issue of whether the need for the land use at this specific location was adequately addressed. Justices Ryder, Lindblom and Irwin listened and questioned the evidence of the interested parties. They will now consider all the evidence before them and issue a decision in due course as to whether they agree there are grounds to quash the Whitemoss Development Control Order.
Both CPRE Lancashire and ARROW have long campaigned against the expansion of the Whitemoss hazardous waste facility. For further information see the Waste section of our website.