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Village win in opposing poor development proposal

Monday, 26 June 2017 08:55

Site of refused development Site of refused development Photo: © John Bremers

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Residents of Coupe Green village on the A675 between Preston and Blackburn successfully challenged a planning recommendation for 78 houses on the outskirts of their village.

Supported by Audrey Dawson, representing the Campaign to Protect Rural England, they challenged South Ribble Borough Council to reject the application on the basis that this land was ‘safeguarded’ for local need; included dense development with poor design; non-compliant parking provision (cycle sheds suggested to compensate); and restricted site access down one small residential road.

In a clamorous Planning Meeting, villagers expressed outrage over a lack of consultation and non-compliance with Local Plan standards.

Although the planning officer had recommended the scheme for approval, the application was refused on a majority verdict.

In the Lancashire Evening Post, Audrey Dawson stated that CPRE were very happy to support the residents in their justified campaign against bad development and the complete absence of democratic local consultation.

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