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Peel hall planning meeting - as it happened
Updated 11:55am Friday 8th March 2013 in News
This live event has finished
- Developers bid to build 150 homes turned down
- Unanimous refusal from the committee
- Hundreds of residents turn out to forcefully put their case
- Planning public inquiry to be held next
So that's it from Peel Hall tonight. Thanks for getting involved.
7:32pm Thu 7 Mar 13
"Clr Les Hoyle says it is premature. Clr Bob Barr says great shame developers didn't come to defend. He says council is united against the application. He says the developers Satnam are unscrupulous. Unfortunate that integrity of planners been questioned. he says
the developers are enemies, not party and not council officers. swipe at Helen Jones MP, although he doesn't name" - Helen Jones MP is the last person for anyone on or in the Council to take a swipe at. She had her eye on this ball all the time, which is more than can be said of those in or on this council. Integrity and trust have to be earned not assumed as an inalienable right.
A public inquiry is likely to take place later this year where the real battle will be. A government planning inspector will hear evidence and decide if the application can be approved. More legal arguments could then follow. That is for the future though. Tonight has been a major victory for the hundreds of campaigners and the many residents living near to the affected site.
All councillors vote to refuse, to cheers, whistles and applause. Application is turned down. Question now turns to what happens next?
Clr Higgins moves refusal. Clr Graham Friend seconds
7:12pm Thu 7 Mar 13
What went wrong? This is no tiresome oversight. Why did this farcical situation have to happen this way? Explanations please and don't tell us lessons have been learned, because frankly we all tired of that excuse in this borough.
Offer of free football pitch can't turn 'sow's ear into silk purse' says Clr Laurence Murphy
Clr Jeff Richards says residents work is to be admired. And jokes that Clr Higgins has taken away his thunder. He is 'famous' for it!
Clr Les Hoyle says it is premature. Clr Bob Barr says great shame developers didn't come to defend. He says council is united against the application. He says the developers Satnam are unscrupulous. Unfortunate that integrity of planners been questioned. he says
The developers are enemies, not party and not council officers. Swipe at Helen Jones MP, although he doesn't name her
Clr Tony Higgins says miserable application and moves it is rejected. he says this is the fight of residents and should be no showboating from councillors
No speaker for developer. No surprise from audience at Parr Hall
7:03pm Thu 7 Mar 13
It is clear to eveybody that this development is not wanted by anybody who lives in this and the surrounding area,s.
Just what part of the word NO dont these developers understand, Is it the N or is it the O, Maybe they just can not put the two letters together to make a word,
We dont want you or your plans, Go forth and multiply.
He says water voles, hedgehogs and a variety of birds live on the land. Would be disrupted. Shop at least a 15 minute walk and schools in area already busy
Geoff Settle is last speaker. Lived in area for more than 30 years.
Houghton Green resident Margaret Steen says Mill Lane too narrow and no pavements. Would be dangerous for residents. Another big cheer in the room. She is greeted with big cheers
Lots of support shown for all the speakers, posters being held up to protest.
Ste Dodd says floodlights from nearby new football pitches planned would hit community living around Grasmere.
He has set up Facebook pages to fight the plans.
Here is a picture of a heron on the site.
Resident Deborah Jackson says Mill Lane is not suitable and developer has ignored the dangers to residents. traffic would increase by almost 900 car trips per day
Good facts from Houghton Green resident Charles Dunbar. Nearest station more than 2.5k away, bus stop almost 1k, post office 2k and library 2k. He gets biggest cheer of the night
Resident Carol Rowlands says approval would be dangerous precedent for developments on other green fields in Warrington
He says traffic problems will stretch as far as Croft and Winwick
Big round of applause for John. Now Billy Lines-Rowlands. Getting the double barrel names out of the way first.
Clr John Kerr-Brown says plans are tip of the iceberg and could lead to an extra 1500 homes in the future.
Geoff settle, ward member, steps down so he can speak against the plans
And he explains Peel Hall will be first up.
Clr Tony McCarthy, LAB Woolston, is in the chair for the meeting as we start the introductions.
Peel hall is not the only application to be discussed by councillors tonight. Also on the agenda is plans for a supermarket at the former fordton Leisure Centre, a care home extension in Penketh and houses on a former scrap yard in Bewsey
If your heading to Parr Hall this Thursday to discuss #peelhall print off the documents from this link: http://t.co/6dScnfRh4U— @HelenJonesMP 05 March 2013
A large crowd is in attendance for the meeting. More than 100 so far. Hopefully awful traffic is not putting many people off
Welcome to our coverage of the Peel Hall application. You can get involved by commenting below or tweeting with the #peelhall. Meeting due to start at 6.30