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High Court backs refusal to develop on Chain House Lane site in Whitestake

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The High Court has refused judicial review of a second Planning Inspectorate decision to refuse a 100-house development on the land off Chain House Lane in Whitestake.


Wainhomes’ proposal was first rejected by South Ribble Borough Council’s planning committee in June 2019. The developer appealed and a planning inquiry was undertaken. After the inquiry ruled in favor of the Council, the case was taken by Wainhomes to the High Court where it was decided that another planning inquiry would take place. This second inquiry again found in favor of the Board.

The High Court has now refused a request by Wainhomes for a judicial review of the decision, meaning the case is now closed and the land will not be used for development.

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Councilor Paul Foster, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: “This is great news for the borough. It has been a long legal battle, but we have been strong from the outset in our convictions to refuse this development on the grounds that the development was inappropriate for the community, and I am glad the High Court did not allow that this case continues.

“We want to make it absolutely clear that as a council we welcome development – ​​but only when it is done in the right way and in a way that benefits our residents and the community of South Ribble in a broad sense. When we believe that a development project will not achieve this goal, we will absolutely push back and defend our decisions. »

Council had turned down the development plans, saying the project was not necessary to meet the area’s housing needs.

Council was of the view that it could meet the five-year demand for housing through other planned developments in the borough, and said the land at Chain House Lane was protected by the local plan.

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