A PLANNER who voted to refuse planning permission for the Grundy Fold Farm mansions says he has no regrets over his decision.

Cllr Norman Critchley who sits on Bolton Council’s planning committee says that, while he feels “very sorry” for the homeowners’ predicament, planning rules must prevail.

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He said: “I have got sympathy but that doesn’t override the planning decision. I agree entirely with what the planning decision has said, they have got to come down.

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“The planning process is quite clear, open and honest. It can take a heck of a long time to get things sorted, but there has been time.”