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Successful appeal seals green light for 100 new homes

Business Desk Article

A development of 100 new homes in Lancashire can move forward after a successful appeal against a council rejection.

Preston town planning consultancy De Pol won an appeal on behalf of client Metacre against Fylde Council’s decision to block its scheme in Wesham,

In his appeal judgement planning inspector Clive Sproule deemed Fylde Council had acted “unreasonably” in refusing the application.

In his decision to grant outline planning permission Mr Sproule concluded the fact the site was designated as countryside did not outweigh the benefits of the proposed development – including helping address the housing shortage and affordable housing needs of the borough.

It is the fourth time this year De Pol Associates has won an award of costs against North West planning authorities in respect of appeals against their decisions.

Fylde Council’s development management committee refused planning permission in September 2011.

Alexis De Pol, director of De Pol Associates, said: “Throughout this particular case we have maintained that the proposed development will be of benefit to the area with a proportion of much-needed affordable housing for local people.

"We laid out our argument to the inspector clearly and fully on behalf of our client and we are delighted that this development can now move forward."

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