SAVE Peel Hall campaigners have teamed up with one of the region’s top planning consultants who claims residents still have ‘everything to play for’ in the fight to protect the future of the last natural green space in north Warrington.
Campaigners met up Manchester-based Peter Black last week to dissect the council’s controversial Local Plan.
The meeting was arranged by Winwick Parish Council and supported by Poulton-with- Fearnhead Parish Council following a request by campaigner Wendy Johnson-Taylor, who wanted to know what the future may hold for the 65-hectare site.
She said: “We had a very productive evening and the consensus was that we still have everything to play for and that the Local Plan needs to go back to the drawing board as there is a better plan out there that is simply being ignored. Our town deserves better than this.”
Mr Black told Wendy “Warrington needs a different plan as urban sprawl has had its day. There is a different way of developing Warrington for the future in a more sustainable way. Warrington could become a much better place.”
He urged Peel Hall residents to continue concentrating on key technical issues which have already scuppered previous applications submitted by landowners Satnam Millennium Ltd.
Winwick Parish Council’s vice chairman Mike Matthews urged residents to keep fighting “We must continue to challenge this plan. We have not lost a battle yet and our next committed battle will be to get Peel Hall removed from this plan so we can safeguard it for future generations.”
Fellow campaigner Jim Sullivan added: “We have been fighting Satnam’s plans for 30 years. These plans have failed because they would have a catastrophic impact on health, quality of life and traffic congestion. This is not the time to cave in – if anything those negative impacts are far worse now than they were three decades ago. We’ve still got everything to fight on for.”
The campaign group is holding the first of two Local Plan ‘fact-finding’ workshops this Saturday ( May 18). Residents are being encouraged to attend to share their concerns about Peel Hall, find out more about the Local Plan and its impact, and how to get involved in the plan’s consultation process.
The drop-in event will be held at St Bridget’s Church, Fearnhead, between 11am and 3pm.
Meanwhile, Satnam is to go to the High Court a second time to appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse planning consent for residential development at Peel Hall.
The hearing is due to start on July 16 and is listed for three days.