Battle against 500 homes plan in Barrow is lost

Battle against 500 homes plan in Barrow is lost

Battle against 500 homes plan in Barrow is lost

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE decision to approve more than 500 homes for a Ribble Valley village will not be contested, the borough council confirmed yesterday.

In February plans for 504 homes for Barrow were approved by the government after being fought at an appeal last year.

Following the approval the borough council asked a barrister to review the secretary of state's decision and was asked to advise on the likelihood of a successful challenge in the High Court under Section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1980.

However the council was told that an appeal ‘would have little chance of success’ and has decided not to contest the decision.

The controversial approval sparked anger from the Barrow Residents Action Group, with residents calling for council chiefs to resign over the decision.

Council leader Coun Stuart Hirst said: “I am extremely disappointed that the legal advice we have now received leaves us with no credible legal basis on which to challenge the inspector's conclusions. A judicial basis to a challenge was inevitably going to present serious difficulties but I feel we were correct to formally explore this option. We must, however, regrettably now accept the clear professional advice given.

“We remain nonetheless highly dissatisfied with the decision in terms of its impact on the borough and I intend to make our views known at the highest ministerial level.

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4:06pm Wed 19 Mar 14

shytalk says...

Nigel Evans position as MP for Ribble Valley is becoming more precarious every day...Along with the rest of the Tory mafia.
Nigel Evans position as MP for Ribble Valley is becoming more precarious every day...Along with the rest of the Tory mafia. shytalk
  • Score: 8

7:19pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Spineless.
Spineless. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 4

8:37pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

The main fault here is a few incompetent staff if Ribble Valley council. They have spend six years trying to create a valid core strategy, which has been rejected once again by the planning inspectorate. It doesn't matter to them, as they still take home their generous salaries, whilst our countryside and communities are being destroyed. I think it's time for a vote of no confidence to be taken against Marshal Scott the CEO and Colin Hirst the head of regeneration. We the council tax payers deserve better.
The main fault here is a few incompetent staff if Ribble Valley council. They have spend six years trying to create a valid core strategy, which has been rejected once again by the planning inspectorate. It doesn't matter to them, as they still take home their generous salaries, whilst our countryside and communities are being destroyed. I think it's time for a vote of no confidence to be taken against Marshal Scott the CEO and Colin Hirst the head of regeneration. We the council tax payers deserve better. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 9

10:58pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

Birtrumthegreat wrote:
The main fault here is a few incompetent staff if Ribble Valley council. They have spend six years trying to create a valid core strategy, which has been rejected once again by the planning inspectorate. It doesn't matter to them, as they still take home their generous salaries, whilst our countryside and communities are being destroyed. I think it's time for a vote of no confidence to be taken against Marshal Scott the CEO and Colin Hirst the head of regeneration. We the council tax payers deserve better.
Spent that should be, sorry for not proof reading first.
[quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: The main fault here is a few incompetent staff if Ribble Valley council. They have spend six years trying to create a valid core strategy, which has been rejected once again by the planning inspectorate. It doesn't matter to them, as they still take home their generous salaries, whilst our countryside and communities are being destroyed. I think it's time for a vote of no confidence to be taken against Marshal Scott the CEO and Colin Hirst the head of regeneration. We the council tax payers deserve better.[/p][/quote]Spent that should be, sorry for not proof reading first. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 0

12:07am Thu 20 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Birtrumthegreat wrote:
The main fault here is a few incompetent staff if Ribble Valley council. They have spend six years trying to create a valid core strategy, which has been rejected once again by the planning inspectorate. It doesn't matter to them, as they still take home their generous salaries, whilst our countryside and communities are being destroyed. I think it's time for a vote of no confidence to be taken against Marshal Scott the CEO and Colin Hirst the head of regeneration. We the council tax payers deserve better.
Oh you've got to laugh
[quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: The main fault here is a few incompetent staff if Ribble Valley council. They have spend six years trying to create a valid core strategy, which has been rejected once again by the planning inspectorate. It doesn't matter to them, as they still take home their generous salaries, whilst our countryside and communities are being destroyed. I think it's time for a vote of no confidence to be taken against Marshal Scott the CEO and Colin Hirst the head of regeneration. We the council tax payers deserve better.[/p][/quote]Oh you've got to laugh 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -5

6:28am Thu 20 Mar 14

Primus622 says...

As I said once before regarding this plan... if central government say you're having 'em... you're having 'em......the councils are a toothless, spineless waste of space.
As I said once before regarding this plan... if central government say you're having 'em... you're having 'em......the councils are a toothless, spineless waste of space. Primus622
  • Score: 3

3:24am Fri 21 Mar 14

Kiwihead says...

Good. Now let's get building.
Good. Now let's get building. Kiwihead
  • Score: -1

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