Inspector to decide 47 homes plan

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The future of a controversial development of houses in Coppull will be decided by a planning inspector.

Redrock Ltd have appealed the decision by Chorley Council to refuse plans for 47 homes on land off Clancutt Lane.

The hearing will be heard at the Town Hall on May 16 at 10am and local residents, who battled the plans are being urged to come forward with their views.

Coun Matthew Crow, who represents the Coppull area, said: “It seems strange that they are appealing against the development control committee’s decision.

“They are the councillors elected on behalf of the people of Chorley and they refused it.

“A lot of people locally are not against the concept of a development there it was just that the scheme was not suitable for the area.

“We will just have to see what the planning inspector says.”

Lesley-Ann Fenton, Chorley Council’s Director of Partnerships, Planning and Policy, said: “The application was refused in February by the development control committee after deciding that it was not needed now and that the proper place to consider future housing is within the site allocations process.

“The applicant has appealed the decision and a public hearing will be held on May 16.

“The council will be defending its decision to refuse the application and a final decision will be made by an independent planning inspector.”