New fishing lake earmarked for approval

Carver Hey Farm, Moss Lane, Little Hoole

Carver Hey Farm, Moss Lane, Little Hoole

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A fishing lake the size of one and a half football pitches could be formed on farmland, if plans are passed on Wednesday night..

Keith Bradley of Carver Hey Farm, Moss Lane, Little Hoole, wants to construct the 12-peg lake in the centre of his agricultrual land, as well as parking provision for eight cars.

Officers from South Ribble Council’s planning deparment have recommended plans for approval.

The former pig breeding site has diversified over time and now sees a minor cattle and arable operation. But now Mr Bradley wants to take advantage of the area’s wet nature by extending an existing pond to form a trout fishing lake over 1.2ha.

The lake would be leased by Southport Fishing Club who would take responsibility for fishery management, stocking, licencing and breeding.

The club has 80 members but use of the facility would be limited by its size. Proposed use of the site would be during daylight hours only.

A report to the council’s planning committee states: “Despite its Green Belt location, this site is currently an underused site with little potential to revert to its former farm use.

“It is anticipated that this proposal will be no more significant in terms of impact upon openness, and would remove an untidy hardstanding to the eventual benefot of the area as a whole.”

Site notices and 113 letters to neighbouring properties have been posted but no objections have been received.

Despite the recommendation, a final decision will be made by members of the planning committee.

Mr Bradley and Southport Fishing Club were unavailable for comment when contacted by the Evening Post.