AN INSPECTOR dismissed an appeal on highway safety grounds.
It arose at Ivy House Farm on Station Road, Crowton.
Alan Scott challenged a condition on a planning permission by the former Vale Royal Borough Council requiring a 90m visibility splay in connection with a track.
The borough council refused to lift the condition and Mr Scott appealed.
Inspector Keith Manning felt road safety was the main issue.
He had ‘carefully’ examined the position as a pedestrian and a motorist.
He did not find the 60mph limit a comfortable speed at which to approach the site and observed ‘many vehicles’ travelling at ‘considerable speed’ within the limit.
Speeds of that order allowed very little time to react to vehicles turning out or for those drivers to become aware of approaching traffic unless visibility was adequate.
The inspector felt the circumstances demanded “the best achievable visibility” if highway safety was not to be affected.
He did not see any insuperable practical problems in removing a 90m length of hedge which could be replaced and in time would be virtually indistinguishable from other hedgerows along the road.
Mr Manning concluded it would be harmful to remove the condition and dismissed the appeal.