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Peel Hall under threat again says MP


WARRINGTON North MP Helen Jones has discovered that Satnam Developments Ltd. is still pressing ahead with proposals to build on agricultural land at Peel Hall, despite a planning application being thrown out on appeal last year.
Information obtained by the MP following a FOI request to the council shows that Satnam intend to engage in a formal pre-application consultation this autumn with a view to submitting a planning application for residential development on the whole site before Christmas.
Ms Jones (pictured right) said: “As everyone suspected, having lost their appeal to the Planning Inspector, Satnam are going to come back with another application.
“It seems from the notes of the meeting which I have received that the plan will be for 1,400 houses with access off Blackbrook Avenue, Birch Avenue, Elm Road and 1 or 2 points on Poplars Avenue. It is not clear what will happen on Mill Lane.
“It is clear that Satnam are trying to wear us down by continually putting in planning applications, despite the last one being rejected and the council making it clear that we have enough housing land allocated.
“I am sure that residents will, once again, make their views clear and will rally to defend the last green space in this part of Warrington.“
In March last year Satnam said they were “disappointed” by Warrington Borough Council’s decision to turn down their application to build 150 homes at Peel Hall.
Up to 300 residents, opposed to the controversial plan and packed into the Parr Hall for the meeting of the council’s development management committee.
There were cheers as the committee voted unanimously to oppose the scheme.
The developers claimed the proposals represented major investment in the local area providing high-quality homes.
The plans offered a mix of housing types, including new family homes, and affordable properties to suit local needs such as first time buyers or key workers.
The company also offered to provide a boost to sports facilities offering more than £1 million invested in the playing fields at Windermere Avenue, which would help Winwick Athletic Football Club provide new and improved facilities.
The plan was eventually thrown out by a Government appointed inspector last July.

Pictures show the Parr Hall protest last year


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