MoJ looks to overturn rejected plans for ‘super prison’

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is looking to overturn a assembly determination to physique a massive-scale situation successful Lancashire.

The readying exertion for a antheral situation successful Ulnes Walton was submitted successful August 2021, and though it was recommended for support by readying officers, it was rejected by the readying committee successful December.

The committee said the situation would “encroach” connected the unfastened countryside, enactment unit connected transport infrastructure successful the country and could besides beryllium excessively noisy for the surrounding residential areas.

The MoJ has confirmed that it has launched an entreaty against the ruling.

A situation work spokesperson said: “We person cautiously considered the council’s determination and person decided to appeal. We volition proceed to enactment intimately with them and the assemblage passim this process.”

The Ulnes Walton prison, sized astatine 575,000 quadrate feet, has been dubbed a “super prison” and would accommodate 1,715 inmates successful 7 blocks. The program is to physique it adjacent to 2 different smaller prisons, HMP Garth and HMP Wymott.

The onshore is presently partially utilized arsenic abstraction for a boiler house, which would beryllium demolished and moved elsewhere connected the aforesaid site. Construction enactment onsite would see gathering a car parkland and unafraid perimeter fence.

The caller physique volition beryllium delivered successful 4 phases, with the archetypal phases involving work-enabling works, demolition work, and relocation of the boiler location and fencing. The last signifier volition beryllium the operation of the prison, which volition beryllium carried retired arsenic portion of the government’s £4bn New Prisons Programme.

Kier, Wates, Laing O’Rourke and ISG formed an alliance to present 4 prisons wrong this scheme. Modern methods of operation volition beryllium utilized and the contractor volition beryllium obliged to perpetrate to 25 per cent of section walk wrong 25 miles of the site.

According to MoJ estimates, during the operation signifier the projected situation volition make a GVA of £117m  wrong the region.

Local newspaper Lancashire Live reported that the archetypal exertion had much that 130 objections lodged against it, including push-back from residents. There are besides concerns that the situation colonisation volition outstrip the section population.

The MoJ has said that the Category C prison, which includes grooming and resettlement cohorts, is needed successful the region. It cited information from November 2020, which showed that 1,121 Category C men had location addresses successful the northbound westbound and were being held successful prisons extracurricular the region.