James Hall site

Spar wholesaler James Hall & Co has lost its appeal for planning permission for a forecourt and convenience store on Preston New Road, in Mellor Brook, South Ribble.

Its plans to knock down the derelict Windmill hotel and build the petrol filling station and c-store had been rejected three times by South Ribble Council but the wholesaler lodged a last-minute appeal. However, that appeal has been dismissed due to the effect of the development on the living conditions of nearby residents.

The Planning Inspectorate listed over 20 reasons why they had dismissed the appeal including increased traffic to the location, noise from car doors opening and shutting, noise from deliveries, and headlights shining into local residents’ gardens.

Inspector Paul Cooper said: “The proposal does not accord with the development plan as a whole and there are no other considerations, including the Framework, that indicate I should take a different decision other than in accordance with this.

“For the reasons outlined above, I conclude that the appeal should be dismissed.”