An off-road cycle track has been approved by councillors despite concerns from neighbours.
The proposals for an off-road track at a field off Smithy Lane in Much Hoole, near Preston, were given the nod by South Ribble Council’s planning committee on Wednesday night.
The committee members were advised at the meeting that the scheme, to be put in place by Much Hoole Parish Council, will bring “much needed facility which promotes physical activity and brings forward one of the aims of the Much Hoole Village Plan.”
The plans would normally be dealt with by planning officers, but a local councillor asked for them to before the committee due to the level of public interest in the proposals.
More than fifty people had signed a petition objecting to the application, and 20 people had submitted letters of objection.
Their objections included concerns over the impact on wildlife, lack of parking, an increase in traffic, lack of security and highway safety.
One objector said he feared the area could become a ‘breeding ground for yobs’.
However a group of young people, keen to get better outdoor facilities in the village, had written to the council in support of the idea.
One said that young people were not ‘drug-crazed vandals and robbers’ and should be given a chance.
Others argued having more activities for teenagers and youngsters meant the possibility for anti-social behaviour would be reduced. The plan was approved with conditions.