Council rejects Penwortham housing masterplan

South Ribble Borough Council has rejected a plan to build 2,000 homes in Penwortham citing concerns over deliverability.

The masterplan was submitted by Taylor Wimpey and Homes England and included a mix of detached, semi-detached, mews and apartment properties as well as a local centre which could include a range of facilities such as a food store, offices or other community uses.

The council's planning committee heard views from supporters and objectors to the masterplan and reviewed responses from a recent consultation on the proposals which invited responses from the public and key statutory bodies.

Significant concerns were raised by the Local Highway Authority, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and by Highways England in relation to the viability and suitability of the plans.

We are pro development, but only when it’s done right

This led for the recommendation from the Council’s planning officers for the committee to not endorse the masterplan in its current form. While the recommendation was to defer the proposal, the planning committee made the decision to refuse the masterplan.

Councillor Caleb Tomlinson, chair of the planning committee, said: "This is a significant site which will impact the borough greatly, so it’s important that we get it right.

"The work of the planning committee is to scrutinise proposals put forward by developers and to importantly consider the views of the public, our statutory bodies and our planning officers. The decision to refuse was the right one. As a council we are pro development, but only when it’s done right, is deliverable and is of a benefit to South Ribble and its residents."

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