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Broughton residents begin campaign against retirement complex

Posted on - 16th August, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Business, Politics, Preston News
An artist impression of the shops and offices cornering the Broughton crossroads
An artist impression of the shops and offices cornering the Broughton crossroads

A Broughton woman who could end up living in the shadow of a new retirement complex has launched a campaign to stop it.

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Lisa Bell, who lives in Downing Court, would be next-door to a retirement flats block planned following the demolition of the Touch of Spice restaurant.

Plans were lodged last week for the retirement village, along with new shops and office space on the site in Garstang Road and Whittingham Lane.

The 33-year-old student and church worker said: “The residents of Downing Court are leafleting and calling on residents of Broughton to help them with this. The proposal of a three storey building with 36 flats, four shops, plus offices and parking for 53 cars is totally oversized and grossly out of character for the village.

“There are no visible planning notifications displayed in the village and the closing date is fast approaching.

“The proposed development is over-bearing and out-of- scale with its surroundings and will cause further issues with traffic and parking as other local amenities share the space.

“They have not considered the privacy of the near residents who will soon have a ugly building towering over their bungalows.

Lisa Bell
Lisa Bell

The mum-of-two went on to criticise the lack of amenities within Broughton.

She said: “We do not have a doctor’s surgery, already meaning that the residents of Broughton travel to Longridge and Fulwood for appointments. As for an NHS Dentist, the most local is Penwortham. Broughton is about to lose what little green space is left.”

Read more: Broughton crossroads to see further changes to ‘improve safety’

The full plans can be seen on the Preston City Council website and comments left there.

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