WARRINGTON Borough Council should not allow building to take place on Green Belt land or green spaces within the borough.
This is the view of Warrington North MP Helen Jones, following the conclusion of the consultation exercise on the council’s local development plan.
She said: “ As I have already made clear, I think that the borough council would be wise to adopt a 15 year plan rather than the 20 year one they have suggested. There is enough housing land in Warrington to meet a 15 year housing plan. I know many councillors are minded to support such a move.
“ People have made it clear that they are opposed to building on the Green Belt and green spaces such as Peel Hall. The council asked for people’s views at their consultation and they should heed the voice of residents and act accordingly.
“ I hope the contributions to the consultation will be published so everyone is aware of people’s thoughts on this very significant issue.”
Ms Jones is a long-standing opponent of development at Peel Hall – one of the largest areas of open space in her constituency.
Satnam – the developer who wants to build at Peel Hall – appealed against the borough council’s refusal to grant planning consent in July.
Ms Jones immediately issued a “call to arms” to residents to carry on fighting the proposals.
But she expressed concern that the borough council’s draft local plan stated that Peel Hall was “suitable, available and achievable” for housing development
She said at the time: “Sadly, I believe these comments will weaken the council’s position at the appeal and any arguments they might put opposing any future applications.”