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Objections raised to plans for 275 homes at Hesketh Bank

Proposal due to go before West Lancs councillors tonight

The Alty's site in Hesketh Bank, where an outline planning application to build around 275 new homes has been submitted

Plans to build 275 homes in Hesketh Bank have been slammed by two parish councils and residents who live near the site.

The proposal to build the homes on The Alty’s site is due to go before West Lancashire Borough Council planning committee tonight.

The application has been amended since it was first submitted, from a hybrid application which included details of the residential development, to a wholly outline application.

Protestors are objecting to the development on several grounds including the impact on the road network, concerns that the sewerage system is already at capacity and the impact on the wildlife that surround the site.

Hesketh with Becconsall and Tarleton Action group have submitted several strong objections to the plans.

In their most recent statement to councillors they said: “We believe the intent remains to maximise housing at the expense of public open space, coastal zone, BHS, habitats and the Linear Park.

“The removal of the upper limit on housing is worrying and after eight months it appears that no one knows how many dwellings are proposed, how much public space will be provided, or even whether the disused tip can be decontaminated to provide the employment site needed to meet policy EC3.”

Tarleton Parish Council have also objected to the development, they said: “We have significant concerns in respect of the increased traffic that will result from this development and we require clarification on exactly what highway improvements are proposed.

“We also have concerns with regard to the lack of public transport, references to Croston rail station fail to recognise its limitations.

“The local water supply and sewerage systems are barely coping with current demand and insufficient detail is provided as to how additional demand will be dealt with.”

Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council is firmly against the plans. They said: “This proposal could represent the largest step change in the history of the parish, the prospect of a 17 acre park and usable river pathway to Tarleton is a huge opportunity which the council is keen to support but the proposed built development is flawed.

“We believe it is too dense a development and the layout does not appear to have sufficient parking.”

The proposals are due to be passed by councillors tonight however providing certain conditions are met, including provision of education funding.


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