‘Planning system quirks unjust’: council leader

Photo Neil Cross' Wyre Council leader Coun Peter Gibson
Photo Neil Cross' Wyre Council leader Coun Peter Gibson

Wyre Council’s leader has criticised quirks in the 
planning system which he has branded unjust.

Coun Peter Gibson spoke out after a planning committee debate over a planning application in Thornton for 165 homes, which was rejected.

I am sure all fair minded people would conclude that Wyre is neither planner-led nor developer-led but is actually member led

Coun Peter Gibson

He said: “Recently Wyre has also refused an application for 200 dwellings at Joe Lane, Catterall and also a 100-house development on Carr Head Lane, Poulton, so I am sure all fair minded people would conclude that Wyre is neither planner-led nor developer-led but is actually member led. The Carr Head Lane refusal has been appealed so let’s hope a Government appointed Inspector from hundreds of miles away respects the wishes and views of local residents.

“The planning process means refusals can be appealed but permissions cannot – this has always seemed perverse to me and contrary to natural justice.”

At the planning committe last week, proposals by Wainhomes for a development on land off Lambs Road in Thornton were refused.

The application had been recommended for approval by planning officers due to its “strategic importance” and “public interest,” but close to 900 people responded to the application – many against the plans.

Wyre MP Ben Wallace said the rejection sent a strong message to developers.

He added: “I am delighted with the result and I congratulate all residents who fought hard against this development which, I fear could have opened the door for further development in the immediate area.

“I would also like to thank the members of the planning committee who are best placed to make decisions which will affect the community.”