A crucial decision over whether to allow a controversial planning application at a waste recycling plant has been delayed once more.
Lancashire County Council’s development control committee has decided to postpone for a third time a decision on the bid by Lancashire Waste Recycling to vary the terms of its operating conditions.
The plans at the Burn Hall plant in Thornton, provoked a storm of protests from residents and businesses who fear an increase in noise, smells and traffic visiting the site.
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “The Development Control Committee received legal advice that a decision on two of the three applications submitted by Lancashire Waste Recycling could be open to challenge due to an error on the ownership certificates supplied with the planning applications.
“As the applications are linked, the committee resolved to defer decisions on all three so that those containing the errors could be resubmitted and they could all be determined at the next meeting.”
Bosses at the nearby Cala Gran Holiday Park have said they are putting a £1m investment in the park on hold pending the decision as they fear if it gets the go-ahead it will hit their business.
A spokesman said: “We welcome the planning committee’s thorough consideration of the planning applications and decision to not determine the two of the three applications by Lancashire Waste Recycling due to a legal error in the application.
“Once the applications are resubmitted the councillors are keen to undertake a site visit to properly understand the changes as they expressed concerns with the material submitted.
“The committee members will also be aware of the serious impact any lengthy delay in the applicant resubmitting the applications could have on Cala Gran, the 30,000 people who holiday here each year and the 300 jobs we provide.
“We hope these unnecessary and potentially damaging applications can be dealt with expeditiously and the strong views of local residents, employers and tourists taken into consideration.”