Second refusal for Moss homes plan

Blackpool Councillor David Owen
Blackpool Councillor David Owen
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Plans for a controversial housing development were refused for a second time.

Kensington Developments applied once again to build 83 houses at Runnell Farm on Chapel Road, Marton Moss.

Plans for the development were originally submitted in November 2009 but refused by town hall planners in March 2010.

The fact the resubmission was lodged within 12 months of the original refusal however meant Kensington could submit plans again without charge.

But town hall planning officers recommended members of the Development Control Committee refuse the plans, and that is exactly what they did.

Coun David Owen, chairman of the group, said: “This plan has been brought back before the committee on a technicality, but even if we were considering it on its own merits as a new plan, the outcome would have been the same. There are lots of issues with the plans like drainage, but I’m concerned this would constitute a piecemeal development of the area.

“This is just part of it however, the pressures put on the neighbourhood in terms of new schools and other amenities would also put pressure on the council.”

The developer, who last year won a planning battle to build 584 houses on Moss House Road, did not send a representative to speak on its behalf.

A total off 11 objections to the plans were received from local residents.

As part of the plans, Kensington requested outline planning permission for up to 83 two-storey homes with access from Midgeland Road.

A site layout plan submitted with the application shows internal roads leading to the edges of the site suggesting “the applicant envisages another phase of development at some point in the future” according to a report.

In recommending rejection of the scheme planners wrote: “Although a development of 83 new homes may not, in itself, require the provision of new community facilities such as schools, medical centres or leisure facilities, it could place additional strain on existing provision.

“This application does not propose any community facilities as part of the scheme.”