Developers tee off village homes battle

Standish residents
Standish residents

BUILDERS who sparked a row by targeting a failed sports site for new homes have now appealed their bid directly to the Government.

Persimmon Homes/Morris Homes - which has applied to put a 250-strong housing estate on the former Standish Court Gold Club site - has used new legislation to ask for approval direct from the Department of Communities after citing the town hall for failing to determine the bid within the approved timescale.

Now Save Standish, the action group spawned to fight the new homes schemes on the basis that the area’s infra structure can’t support a large scale influx of new residents, is set to discuss this new development on Monday (July 1) at a special meeting at Standish Unity Club (7.30pm). Standish Independent councillor George Fairhurst said: “With everything that has been going on it is important to inform residents where things are up to.”

His son, fellow Standish Independent Coun Gareth Fairhurst, said that it is “important” that residents are informed as quickly as possible about the appeal which will be heard in October.

Coun Fairhurst said: “This inquiry will be a massive event we will fight this all the way.”

The developers said the new homes in their two schemes will boost retention of professionals and young families.

It has been backed in outline by Standish Labour Councillor Emma McGurrin who hopes to bring “very much needed” affordable housing to the village, as well as negotiating enhanced leisure facilities funded by the developers.

Council head of planning Mike Worden said: “Persimmon and Morris Homes have appealed to the Secretary of State over the non-determination of their planning application at the golf course site on Rectory Lane. Non-determination of planning applications is not uncommon. The applicant has a right to appeal if a decision has not been reached within 13 weeks of the application being made.

“The non-determination in this case relates to the position of the Core Strategy process.”

Mr Worden confirmed that a planning inspector will be appointed to determine this appeal and it is likely that the public inquiry will be held in the autumn.