Commercial development of historic Lever Park

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We have objected to a planning application for a ‘Go-Ape’ development in Lever Park, Chorley. Adventure Forest Ltd has applied for retrospective consent for two landing zones. These do not comply with the planning permission the company obtained in 2008.

Under the Liverpool Corporation Act 1902, the public has ‘free and uninterrupted enjoyment’ throughout the park. Clearly this ugly, commercial development conflicts with that provision, since Go-Ape is noisy and intrusive.

Bizarrely the planning application states that the development will affect a definitive public right of way. In fact it affects land where the public has a right of access generally. Go-Ape cannot prevent the public from walking through the site, since any such restriction would require Parliament to amend the Liverpool Corporation Act 1902.

We are backing our member, the Friends of Lever Park, in urging Chorley Borough Council to reject this damaging development.

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