Sep 5 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
PROTESTORS are objecting to plans to build new homes on a field in Skelmersdale.
Outline planning permission is being sought for a residential development on the playing field to the east of Marlborough and to the north of Ashmead View, a modern two-storey apartment block in Skelmersdale.
As only outline planning permission is requested, the developer has not submitted any details of a potential layout.
Neighbours living next to the field have submitted seven letters of objection to the plans and a petition against the development includes 63 signatures.
The main concern voiced by residents is that, if the field is built on, there is no suitable alternative nearby for their children to play on.
West Lancs Council has suggested a site but this has been dismissed by residents as it is “overgrown, narrow and on a hill.”
The residents point to the 630 new homes planned for the Whalleys area nearby, and suggest there is no need for these proposed houses to be built as the Whalleys development will cover the housing need.
Marlborough Court, an enhanced sheltered housing development, already exists near the site and means that a “disproportionately high volume of traffic” already exists on the site according to residents.
This situation would only be made worse by the proposed housing development in the neighbourhood.
The protestors state in the report that: “A key aim of the council’s long-term plan is to promote social cohesion and healthy lifestyles.
“I would argue that the council has failed to recognise that alternatives are not practical but also risks destroying a facility which helps bring the community together.”
The proposals are being discussed at the West Lancs Borough Council’s planning committee meeting tonight, where it is expected that a decision on the application will be reached.