Residents ready for renewed estate plans

Michael Mashiter, Lynn Preston and Martin Topping from SRERAG (South Ribble East Rural Action Group) at Shuttling Field
Michael Mashiter, Lynn Preston and Martin Topping from SRERAG (South Ribble East Rural Action Group) at Shuttling Field
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“We’re ready for you”, that’s the message from residents to a house builder over controversial development plans.

After months of campaigning by locals, last week South Ribble Council’s planning committee threw out Persimmon Homes plans for 283 houses on a 10 ha plot of farmland off Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge.

Councillors unanimously agreed that the proposal, in the apex of the M6 and M61 motorways, went against policies on noise, car parking, density, character and appearance.

Persimmon Homes said it was disappointed, but was looking again at the site.

A spokesman said: “We are confident that we can return early in the New Year with plans and an application that will satisfy all the requirements of the planners and Environmental Health officer.”

Members of the Brindle Road Action Group and South Ribble East Rural Action Group say they are “ready for round two”.

Lynn Preston said: “Everybody cheered when it was thrown out, but we know they will be back and we need to be vigilant. We’re still prepared to work with Persimmon and the council, but they have to do the development the right way and protect residents.

Phil Carter added: “We’re not against development, we just want a reasonable one.

“I don’t think that Persimmon Homes expected the level of response they got from us, and for us to go through everything so throughly.”

The land was safeguarded for future development in 2000, guidelines suggesting 250 homes would be suitable for the wider 22.7ha plot.

Residents want to see houses built less densely, built around trees and hedgerows, and for noise and air pollution worries to be properly addressed. Studies show some houses could be affected by noise of up to 65dB.They also have worries about traffic.