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Building work sparks anger

Angry:  Resident Peter Ashworth with County Councillor Bill Winlow, left, by the controversial building work on Larches

Angry: Resident Peter Ashworth with County Councillor Bill Winlow, left, by the controversial building work on Larches

Angry neighbours have hit out over a development that has been going on for months without planning permission.

Work has been underway since earlier this year to build around the Londis shop on Old Greaves Town Lane, Larches.

The work has seen existing 
garages on the land knocked down and rebuilt.

It is understood that five 
garages with storage units over the top are being built.

The builder claims he has done nothing wrong but residents say the site is a mess and they want it knocked down.

David Billington who has lived on Old Greaves Town Lane for seven years said: “It is just an absolute mess. Everybody is absolutely fuming. People are getting really annoyed.” Mr Billington, 61, who lives at the house with wife Elaine, 57, says he wants the buildings “knocked down.”

Peter Ashworth, 61, who lives on Thurnham Road with his partner Susan, 51, said that the height of the building is blocking sunlight.

He described the situation as “terrible.”

“I have said all along - how has it got to this stage? I want it knocked down. It is diabolical.”

Mr Ashworth has lived at the house for 13 years and believes the building will impact the value of his house.

Coun Bill Winlow said: “I am extremely worried about it. This has been going on since April.

“I am appalled something can be allowed to go for this length of time without someone calling a halt on the whole thing.”

The builder running the project, who doesn’t want to be named, said “Everything has been done 100% legally.”

The builder insists that he build is like-for-like with what was there before.

He said that the site a has building permission and that he is hopeful of getting planning permission.

A Preston Council spokesman said: “A retrospective planning application has been submitted. In order to consider this application, various points of detail and information have been requested.

“This is expected to be received shortly. Once the council has all the necessary information, the planning application will be considered by the Planning Committee.”

 

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