New Cut Lane Residents Take to their Street to Demonstrate against Greenbelt Development (VIDEO)

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New Cut Lane Residents Take to their Street to Demonstrate against Greenbelt Development

Approximately 80 local residents turned out for a rally organised by Halsall’s Residents Against Planning action group (RAP), to send a very clear message to West Lancashire Borough Council, on their disgust at their plans to build 150  houses on New Cut Lane.

RAP has also organised a public meeting on Tuesday 6th August at Halsall Memorial Hall, Halsall at 7pm, and they are hoping for a big turnout. The group has also invited key members of WLBC Cabinet to attend the meeting, and explain their decision to include Green belt land on New Cut Lane within their modified Local Plan 2012 -2027.

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The only councillor from the WLBC Cabinet who has so far agreed to attend is County Councillor David Westley, although he did tell one of the residents from the action group that he didn’t really see any value of a public meeting as it would not be of any use to any official objection the residents lodge.  Councillor Martin Forshaw did respond, saying he would be on leave until the 5th August. To be able to accommodate him residents changed the date to the 6th August, but so far he has chosen not to respond. Local Councillor Doreen Stephenson will also be attending.

Lynn Campbell spokesperson for the RAP commented. “We would like to thank everyone who came along today, it was an impressive turnout.  The support for this campaign is growing all the time, it’s all down to the hard work of the members who have been canvassing and raising the profile of our campaign. This is only the beginning and we will take it as far as we need to until someone recognises how ill thought-out it really is”.

The council have been keen to try and state their decision is not political in any way, but ultimately it will be the Council Cabinet who vote in October on which sites the government inspector has recommended.

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Residents are questioning the reasoning behind the sites the council have put forward and more importantly the ones they chose not to and why?

With regard to releasing Green belt land, it seems in the past few days there have been a number of published articles in both the national and property press, reporting on an all-party parliamentary group, set up by MPs concerned about protecting the Green belt from development. Tony Skidmore MP who is chair of the group commented “We are not anti-building on green belt in special circumstances or where the community supportive of it.”  They also state they aim to put together a report in the autumn, with ideas about how green belt should be preserved. He also said a community right of appeal against permission of green belt development was among the issues they might explore, and how they have been able to expand that campaign to the heart of government

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