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Residents could call for judicial review over Culcheth plans
9:00am Tuesday 19th February 2013 in News
RESIDENTS are exploring a possible judicial review after plans for a detached house in the garden of a bungalow in Culcheth were approved.
The scheme on Hob Hey Lane was approved on Wednesday by members of the council’s development control committee.
But Clr Chris Vobe (LAB - Culcheth and Glazebury) said he was ‘extremely concerned’ by the way the application was handed.
He claimed that nearby neighbours had received copies of the original plans - but those plans had since been amended, and neighbours had not had the opportunity to comment on the revised documents.
He said: "Councillors were baffled as planning officers admitted that changes to this application had been made, but that no consultation with residents had taken place.
"This is a fundamental breakdown in the democratic process.
“Residents have the right, whatever their opinion, to submit comments and views on applications.”
He and parish councillor Jacqui Johnson said the height of the new house would dominate the area.
He added: “In light of a lack of proper consultation, and questions over the process, residents are now exploring a potential referral to the Local Government Ombudsman and reserve their right to seek judicial review."