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Pickering’s Farm campaigners warn ‘Penwortham and Lostock Hall could merge’

Posted on - 14th November, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Housing, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Politics
How a part of the Pickering's Farm neighbourhood may look
How a part of the Pickering’s Farm neighbourhood may look

More than 1700 people have signed a petition opposing plans for a large scale housing plan in South Ribble.

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Residents opposing the Taylor Wimpy scheme at Pickerings Farm, Bee Lane, have also made a video to voice their concerns, which crowd funded by residents of Penwortham and Lostock Hall.

The proposed development is expected to provide 1,350 new homes on land between Penwortham and Lostock Hall.

But residents say the plans are too big and would leave no green space between the two communities – with serious implications for the environment and community.

Resident Graham Eastham said: “This is a huge project and in reality is the construction of a large village or small town effectively joining the two communities of Lostock Hall and Penwortham into one huge urban area.

“This will add approximately 3,000 cars onto a road network that already cannot cope with current levels of traffic.”

A Facebook group, ‘Keep Bee Lane Rural’, setup by Debora Harding and Pete Waterhouse has more than 650 members who are concerned about pollution and the impact of such a large development on local infrastructure.

Graham said: “Already between four and seven people a year die prematurely in South Ribble due to poor quality air, largely from diesel engines.

“We already have some of the worst air quality in the whole of Lancashire and 2 AQMA’s (areas exceeding Government allowed levels ) are exactly adjacent to this proposed development.

“There is an extremely diverse wildlife occupying this farmland including, bats, barn owls, buzzards, foxes, pheasants, hedgehogs and countless small mammals and invertebrates. All these and their habitats would be destroyed by the development.”

Site of the proposed new neighbourhood in Penwortham

Taylor Wimpy’s website states: “The character of a neighbourhood is important and we want to deliver an exciting, desirable and safe place that new and existing residents are proud to be part of.”

Graham said: “This land was safeguarded for houses some 40 years ago and Penwortham has already grown significantly since then.

“At 1350 houses this one development would fulfil the next four years housing requirement for a Council that is already in-front of its target. Housing should be spread throughout the borough if at all.

“The infrastructure – dentists, doctors, police and schools cannot cope with the current level of funding and demand. The funding is due to be cut and demand would increase hugely.”

Residents have six weeks to lodge any objections to the development before the plans go back to the council for consideration.

Read more: Second consultation to run on Pickering’s Farm

To have your say, visit www.visionforpickeringsfarm.co.uk or visit South Ribble Council Civic Centre in West Paddock, Leyland.

South Ribble Borough Council have been approached for comment but did not respond ahead of publication.

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