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Leader calls for report in Peel Hall row
3:41pm Tuesday 5th February 2013 in News
COUNCIL leader Terry O'Neill has called for a report into the process that led to delays to the Peel Hall application.
MP Helen Jones and five of her closest Labour councillor supporters are calling for the resignation of planning chief Andy Farrall after the hearing into the application for houses on the land was not held within the allotted time.
Satnam has already complaining to the planning inspectorate, claiming the council missed its own deadline for hearing the application and that the papers should go straight to a public inquiry.
It is likely the application would have been turned down by the development management committee in any case.
It still proposes to meet to hear the application anyway in March.
In the latest development, Clr Terry O'Neill and executive member Clr David Keane issued the following statement: “We have requested that the chief executive provide us with a detailed report on the administrative and regulatory processes related to this application.
"At this stage the planning inspectorate has not given their view on the validity of the Satnam appeal.
"The council has continually said that it is opposed in policy terms to the development of Peel Hall.
"We have recently enhanced the resources and management of the planning team who are one of the busiest in the north west.
"We also have had in place for the past year a detailed planning improvement programme which is overseen by a cross party sub-committee.”
Mrs Jones issued an angry called for Mr Farrall's head on Monday calling the mi-up an 'outrageous failure'.
She was joined by her son Clr Chris Vobe, Clr Steve Roberts, Clr Billy Lines-Rowlands, Clr Graham Friend and Clr Kevin Bennett today, Tuesday.