A BID to build affordable housing on a playing field in Burscough are being discussed at planning committee tonight.
The Regenda Group’s application to build 12 family homes in Pickles Drive, Burscough, to the rear of Hesketh Road, has been criticised by residents who live near the proposed site.
The council has received 81 neighbour objections to the plans.
The main cause for concern is the loss of a “valuable local amenity in the playing field.”
The neighbours state: “The area is in frequent use by children, young families and dog walkers.
“The playing field is heavily used because it is safe.
“It is very open and, due to this openness, the playing field never suffers from anti-social behaviour.”
Burscough Parish Council has resolved to support the application but request that the council ensures that full and adequate play equipment that is already on the site remains there, and that as much space as possible is maximised for children’s play.
However, neighbours state: “The removal of this playing field will have a devastating effect on the health and wellbeing of the families living on this estate for generations to come.”
An increase in traffic is inevitable and the existing residents are worried about children’s road safety – especially those crossing the road to the park.
The proposed layout indicates 12 two–storey properties arranged in three blocks of four dwellings and includes eight three–bed and four two–bed properties fronting on to a new access road off Pickles Drive, with the remainder of the public open space beyond.
The back gardens of the proposed dwellings will back on to the existing gardens along Hesketh Road.
Two parking spaces are being proposed for each property, either in front of the houses, or down the side with a parking bay provided along the road for visitors.