Farm development plan is put on council’s agenda

Plans: Collinwood Farm in Ratten Lane, Hutton

Plans: Collinwood Farm in Ratten Lane, Hutton

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Residents are being urged to attend a meeting over plans to demolish farm buildings and build 13 homes in their place.

The owner of Collinwood Farm in Ratten Lane, wants to remove former chicken sheds currently used for storage, as well as hardstanding to make way for the development.

Alban Cassidy, chartered town planner and environmental consultant at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “The site lies on the edge of the built up area, has been in industrial and storage use for many years and none of the buildings are attractive.

“Redevelopment for housing would considerably improve the appearance of the area and take away the movements of HGVs in and out of the site.”

Although surrounded by Green Belt land, the proposed development of 1.5 and two-storey homes would go no further than the existing farm.

The design and access statement states: “The overall form of the Green Belt in this area would be retained in its existing form and development on the site would not increase the risk of neighbouring towns merging into one another.”

Hutton Parish Council has been contacted by concerned nearby residents and the issue has been put on the agenda for a meeting on Monday.

Parish council chairman Tom Hastewell said he was keen to hear from a wide range of local residents before any decision to object was made, but did raise questions over policy.

He said: “It is not in South Ribble Borough Council’s plans to build on that site. There is a plot of land outside Hutton Grammar School that is earmarked for 45 homes, and that is our contribution to the new homes provision.

“This would be outside the scope of planning.”

The meeting takes place in Hutton Village Hall in Moor Lane from 7.30pm.