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Grimsargh Wetlands new homes due for approval despite neighbour objections

Posted on - 3rd November, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Housing, News, Wildlife and Conservation
How the Grimsargh Wetlands may look once the nature reserve is created

How the Grimsargh Wetlands may look once the nature reserve is created

Twelve homes built on the edge of abandoned reservoirs in a village near Preston have triggered objections from neighbours.

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Grimsargh Wetlands is to be turned into a nature reserve and as part of the deal with owners United Utilities a number of houses are to built to fund the project.

While Grimsargh Parish Council supports the scheme it has been met with opposition from those living near the reservoirs.

Seven letters of objection to the plans – which are recommended for approval by Preston City Council planners – have been lodged.

Nearby properties say the new homes will cause congestion issues and will affect their privacy and views.

The Wetlands plans have the full support of the Parish Council and local councillor Neil Cartwright.

Planning officers write in their recommendation to councillors: “The development is outside the Grimsargh settlement boundary.

“These improvements together with an affordable housing contribution, bus stop improvements and maintenance of open space wpould be secured through a Section 106 obligation.

“On balance it is considered that the relatively small scale nature of the proposal, the siting of the proposed properties between existing dwellings and the above benefits outweight the non-compliance with the development plan.”

The plans are due to be discussed at the city council’s planning committee on Thursday 5 November from 1.30pm at the Town Hall.

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