Sep 12 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A PLAYING field which has been used by children for generations was saved from development last week.
Councillors voted unanimously to refuse the application which came before the planning committee last week.
The field is opposite houses in Flordon, in Birch Green, Skelmersdale, and according to residents would have meant that children in the area would have had no green space to play on. The development would have also significantly overlooked the existing homes which contributed to the councillors decision to refuse the planning proposal.
During the debate, two members of the public spoke to the chamber.
Mr Cummings said: “This development would have a detrimental effect on the area.
“Birch Green is a very populated area and there is a total lack of safe play areas.
“To take this field away would be nothing short of cruel.
“The space suggested by the council is a wooded area which is totally unsuitable for children to play in.
“The other area is a field that is totally overgrown with knee- high grass and is now a protected meadow. This field is the only place that children can play on.”
It was determined that the nearest suitable play area was half a mile away from the proposed development site, which councillors decided was too far for young children to travel.
Labour Cllr Neil Pye said: “As the ward councillor for Birch Green, I am very delighted that, in the end, common sense prevailed.
“This was an ill-thought out application which should never have reached the committee stage of the planning process in the first place.
“Furthermore, this was a huge victory for the residents, who wanted to protect their green spaces and homes from the loss of privacy.”