Row over police station will be taken to committee

Artist's impression of proposed Ribble Vets practice in Liverpool Road, Penwortham
Artist's impression of proposed Ribble Vets practice in Liverpool Road, Penwortham
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More than 30 people have formally objected to plans to demolish the former Penwortham Police Station.

Bosses at Ribble Vets, currently based in New Lane, Penwortham, want to relocate and have submitted plans to flatten the 1930’s station in Liverpool Road, replacing it with a part two, part single-storey building.

Neighbours have raised concerns about the scale, design, increased traffic, parking problems and noise from a dog exercise area.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “I’d like to see the site brought back into use, but the design is not right.

“The police station might be difficult to convert, but some of the fascade or original design features could be kept. To me, the new plans look like a big white warehouse.”

Coun David Howarth has requested plans are discussed by the planning comittee.

He said: Once the plans emerged and people saw the actual size of the building it became evident that it was out of character with adjoining property and overbearing in relation to its surroundings.

“The front elevation extends virtually to the existing front wall, across the current parking spaces, and far beyond the building line of the houses on that side of the street. I did feel that due to the large number of objections it should go before committee so that residents could voice their concerns.”

Nicky Birch of Ribble Vets said staff were excited.

She said: “The new premises will provide better customer access, improved services and facilities for the pet owning client. The design incorporates extra diagnostic, theatre and inpatient facilities to better accommodate patients and attend to their needs in a streamlined manner.”