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Villagers win in opposing poor development proposal

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 proposal for 78 houses on the outskirts of their village.

Supported by Audrey Dawson, representing CPRE, they urged South Ribble Borough Council to reject the application on the basis that the proposed site was “safeguarded" for local need, the development was poorly designed and of too high a density, parking provision was non-compliant with policy (cycle sheds were proposed to mitigate the inadequacy), and restricted site access down one small residential road.

In a boisterous planning meeting, villagers expressed outrage over a lack of consultation and non-compliance with Local Plan standards. Although the case officer had recommended the scheme for approval, it was refused by the Council’s Planning Committee.

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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