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Whitestake: Council decision to reject plans for 100 homes upheld for 2nd time

A council who refused an application to build 100 new homes in a village has had its decision upheld after the plans were rejected at a public inquiry for a second time.

Leaders on South Ribble Borough Council say they are pleased its decision to refuse outline planning permission for a major housing development at Whitestake has been upheld on appeal for a second time.

A proposal by Wainhomes (North West) Ltd to build more than 100 houses on safeguarded land off Chain House Lane was initially rejected in June 2019.

That decision was later backed by the Planning Inspectorate in December 2019 only for the ruling to be subsequently overturned at the High Court – prompting the appointment of a second planning inspector by the Secretary of State.

However, the Planning Inspectorate has again reached the same conclusion and endorsed the Council’s original verdict.

Leader of South Ribble Borough Council, Councillor Paul Foster, said: “We have said all along that this isn’t an appropriate development and we are pleased to have now been vindicated on more than one occasion.

“Our position has been clear and consistent; as a council we are pro-development but only when it is done in the right way and is of benefit to our residents and the wider South Ribble community.

“Once again it has been demonstrated that this particular proposal is entirely unsuitable for our borough.

“We are satisfied that this matter is now closed and, on behalf of the council, I would like to congratulate those residents who shared our concerns and campaigned against this development.”

The Planning Inspectorate also dismissed an application by Wainhomes (North West) Ltd for a partial award of costs against the Council.

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