Bich Vale housing plans are rejected

PLANS for a residential development on a site within the green belt at Spinnerbottom, Birch Vale, have been rejected by councillors.

Ward Councillor Tony Ashton had asked the committee to approve the application at the former carcass disposal and incinerator centre, was more appropriate than an industrial use.

But Development Control Manager Andy Ellis said the site had been rejected for housing by a planning inspector.

“The inspector was fairly clear in 1991 that it would be an inappropriate development and that policy hasn’t changed,” said Mr Ellis.

Cllr Anthony McKeown said that he appreciated the concerns of the local ward member and agreed the existing site was untidy but added that the case had not been made for going against planning policy.

Resident Deborah Woods said: “Our major concern is that if it was approved, this would set a precedent for further development.”