Halsall residents group campaign against local plan proposals
A PROTEST group has been set up to combat Local Plan proposals to earmark New Cut Lane for development.
Halsall Residents Against Planning Group (RAP) was formed in early July in a direct response to the proposed modifications to the Local Plan.
What started out as a small group of residents coming together to start a petition has burgeoned into a whole community effort to put forward a formal objection against the proposals by August 9.
The group held a public meeting to talk about the proposed plans which was attended by many residents.
Cllr Doreen Stephenson, and cabinet council members David Westley and Martin Forshaw, were also among those who attended.
Lynn Campbell, the group spokeswoman, said: “We feel like we haven’t been properly consulted about these proposals.
“Many residents were horrified to hear that this Green Belt land has been earmarked as a preferred site for development.
“When the initial proposals came out, New Cut Lane and Fine Jane’s Farm were at the bottom of proposed sites – now they’re at the top.
“We think this is politically motivated, as the wards where the other proposed sites are just happen to be the wards the council cabinet members represent. We’re determined to make our voice heard.”
A West Lancs council spokesman said: “The council arranged publicity to ensure that every resident in the borough had information delivered to them on the proposed Local Plan, as well as taking many other steps to inform people.
“Residents from Halsall did not make any representations about the proposal for land off New Cut Lane at that time.
“Both of these sites have been brought forward purely for planning reasons to meet the recommendations of the Planning Inspector.
“Which wards council Cabinet members represent has had no bearing on which sites were put forward.”