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Campaigners urge residents to challenge validity of Local Plan following IT failures


CAMPAIGNERS are urging residents to contact Warrington Borough Council to challenge the validity of the Local Plan and two major planning applications for logistics developments on Green Belt land, due to IT failures.

Action group Rethinking South Warrington’s Future (RSWF), who are also calling for the Stobart and Langtree planning applications to be heard at a venue in the south, claim hundreds of residents gave up trying to submit their comments due to IT failures on the council’s planning portal.

Kevin McAloon, Appleton Thorn member of the RSWF  campaign group said:”In view of the inadequacy of the borough council’s IT system in receiving large volumes of resident representations  and being unable to cope with the submission of 100’s of last minute representations from residents for the Stobart, Six56, LP, and LTP4 consultations, we believe these consultation processes have been seriously undermined and therefore the overall processes have been badly compromised.

“Disappointingly the full extent of residents’ objections cannot be surveyed by the council or the Public Examiner since many residents gave up trying to submit their representations.

“Finally we would like to suggest that the Stobart and the Six56 Planning meetings be held in South Warrington for the convenience of South Warrington residents who will be most heavily impacted by these proposed developments.

The campaign group is urging people to email their concerns to Operational Director of Transport and Environment: David Boyer at dboyer@warrington.gov.uk

While Warrington Borough Council extended the deadlines for consultations on the Stobart and Six56 applications, the IT problems continued. The failures only became apparent to many people after they had gone to the trouble of filling in the feedback form, only to receive an error message on submission.

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