Secretary of State Michael Gove has agreed with a planning inspector that the Haydock Park site is protected green belt land and that development would cause substantial harm.
The decision follows a public local inquiry on 9-12 and 16-17 February 2021 into the site, at Junction 23 of the M6 motorway where it meets
the A580 East Lancashire Road.
Peel appealed over the head of St Helens council, hoping for approval for the scheme from the government.
“The Secretary of State notes that there is no dispute between the parties that the proposed development would be inappropriate in its Green Belt location, giving rise to harm by definition,” a decision letter said.
“The Secretary of State agrees with the Inspectors [...] that the development at Haydock Park would have a very significant impact on the openness of the Green Belt. He agrees that the loss of the essential and fundamental openness of the Green Belt carries substantial weight against the appeal.”
“He further agrees that the built development would encroach blatantly into the countryside of rural St Helens, in further contravention of the purposes of including land in the Green Belt.”
The decision means there is limited hope of Peel and its partner PLP making progress on the Haydock Point plan.