PLANS to build on a children’s play area are coming before West Lancashire Borough Council tonight.
An outline planning application was submitted to the council for houses to be built on a field used by children for games.
The land in question is opposite 2 to 10 Flordon in Birch Green, Skelmersdale.
A petition with 78 names was handed over to the council against the proposals.
People who oppose the plans say there is already a lack of green space and that taking away another would have a detrimental impact on the area.
Protestors also say there is a parking issue in the street which will only be exasperated by further houses being added to the road.
However, the council has recommended the proposal is approved, much to residents’ dismay.
The council officers say in their report that the parcel of open space in question is part of a larger piece of open space which could still be used for recreational purposes.
They argue that residents could still use the field even though houses are to be built on some of it.
The land incorporates Elmers Green Common Clough where wildlife lives and this is another reason protestors are concerned at the plans progressing.
The officers have noted this in their report and the developers have conceded that, if planning permission was granted, they wouldn’t build during bird breeding season and disrupt nesting activity.
The officers have also noted that development along the eastern boundary of the land may be restricted due to the trees there.
A condition of planning permission being granted is that a full tree survey is conducted in order to protect the trees and to ensure that the new houses are not placed in the shade of them.