The Whittingham Hospital application for up to 750 homes was approved on the 13th February 2020.
The site is complicated because it already has planning permission for 650 homes and a legal document called a S106 Agreement confirms that the developer needs to provide financial contributions to expand and improve the existing services and amenities.
However, since the S106 was agreed, Planning Policy has changed and developers now pay one sum called a Community Infrastructure Levy which is passed to Lancashire County Council - which means there is no guarantee that improvements will be carried out locally.
The current application relates to the access to the site which means other concerns - such as parking for the proposed school, provision of bus services and allotments are not relevant at this stage of the planning process.
Due to the complexities of the permission - and as part of our commitment to ensure that residents' concerns are not overlooked - the Parish Council has analysed the development proposal in detail - and hope that residents will find the planning comments below an informative summary of our concerns and the actions which we will be addressing both now and in the future.
Our aim is to continue to liaise with Homes England regarding the continued development of the site.