Quantil wins approval in Scarisbrick

HOW Planning has been successful in securing full planning approval on behalf of Quantil, for a glasshouse extension to its Mere House Nurseries, located in an area of greenbelt land on Jacksmere Lane in Scarisbrick, Lancashire.

Planning for the 200,445 sq ft glasshouse had previously been refused and HOW was brought in to review the proposals and submit a revised application which has now been given the go-ahead by West Lancashire Council.

HOW said the application addressed all original concerns that were raised over the openness of the greenbelt and the planning approval will now enable Quantil to increase its wholesale growing business to meet demand for vegetable modules from retailers and garden centres it supplies.

Carol Clarke, associate at HOW Planning, said: "This is a fantastic result for Quantil as it secures the long term future of the company. We took every opportunity to liaise with the community and local stakeholders throughout the process to ensure all concerns were addressed, and we were able to successfully demonstrate that the scheme will not be detrimental to the openness of the surrounding area.

"The decision also supports the Government's recent announcement on the reform of the planning system and is a great example of the presumption in favour of development which aims to promote growth and sustainable economic development."

Quantil has 24 employees and also supplies 50 local farmers with its products.

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This approval has had a serious impact on the lives of the local residents who were against the destruction of the Greenbelt. The noise from the site has increased and the impact on the landscape is awful. It is a great pity that the people who win approval do not have to live with the consequences. Once again, business takes precedent over people. Shame on you all for ruining the basic human right of peaceful enjoyment of ones home!

By Scarisbrick Resident

This article is incorrect. The revised HOW plans were also refused by West Lancs. The original plans were allowed on Appeal.

By Jane Scarisbrick

Anyone who compares the photograph of how it used to look with the blot on the landscape that we have now, would have to disagree. We have certainly lost the openness as well as taking grade 1 agricultural land out of food production. It is a pity that the Inspector who passed this has not been back to apologise to the residents of Scarisbrick for his ill judged decision.

By Sam Bolton

What rubbish! My concerns were never addressed! I take it that this inaccurate article was written by HOW Planning.

By Affected Neighbour

Am I missing something here. The original story is 3 years old!

By Mark A

"A fantastic result for Quantil" but a disaster for the long term future of Scarisbrick. Perhaps you need to have a more balanced article written by the residents who are suffering from the consequences of this approval. It is a great pity that they did not have Quantil’s unlimited financial resources to oppose this monstrosity. It was ever an even battle!

By Tony Cahill

It might be three years old but obviously the comments are relevant to what is happening in the community now and how the local residents have suffered. It is easy to say that their concerns have been addressed but obviously this was not the case and perhaps it is useful to revisit to find out if the implications of a planning decision have been thoroughly considered.

By James Philpott

Sadly, no one listened to the residents and one of the oldest residents who was born and lived his entire 84 years next to the site passed away last week. His final three years were a complete hell caused by excessive noise from the building and workers there. He was also completely surrounded by the development which was built far too close to his boundary. No one took the quality of his life into consideration and perhaps it is time to change planning laws and give priority to people like him who fought for his country rather than providing employment for Eastern Europeans and profits for large companies.

By Joanne Harris