Dec 19 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
PLANS for 275 homes in Hesketh Bank have met with opposition from residents who claim the rural infrastructure is not able to support any further development.
A planning application has been submitted to West Lancashire Borough Council by Persimmon Homes for 275 houses, associated garages, roads and landscaping to be built on the Henry Alty site on Station Road.
The site is irregular in shape and divided into three distinct areas.
There is a restored landscape to the north, including fishing lake and woodland.
In the centre is a brownfield area, containing an assortment of commercial and industrial use, most notably Alty’s builder’s yard, and lying to the south is a green field area which is made up of a series of small scale fields, which are currently grazed by cattle.
The West Lancashire Light Railway is located in the north of the site, which currently attracts tourists to the area and runs along the north-western boundary.
This is a tourist opportunity and of local importance to the site and where possible, Persimmon has said, they will attempt to enhance this feature.
On the northern site, the developers want to build 59 two-bedroomed homes and apartments, 89 three-bedroomed houses, 54 four-bedroomed homes and three five-bedroomed properties.
On the southern site, they want to build five three-bedroomed homes, 40 four-bedroomed properties and 23 five-bedroomed houses.
Mike Ellis is a member of the Hesketh with Becconsall and Tarleton Action Group, which has been set up to campaign against the over-development of Hesketh Bank and Tarleton.
Mike said: “We believe this application will have a major impact on the junctions and road network of Hesketh Bank
“The council propose putting in a mini island but the traffic chaos will still be considerable with all the extra journeys these houses will bring.
“The water supply around the village can also be temperamental and these extra homes will exasperate the problem further.
“The sewerage system also sometimes struggles to cope and has overflowed in the past.
“We cannot let this development happen it would be disastrous for the village.
“The extra demand on schools would also be hard to meet and it’s all very disconcerting for the people who live in these rural villages that were not built to house all these people.
“We will be lodging several objections to the plans.”