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Worry over house plan for farmland

Michael Mashiter, Lynn Preston and Martin Topping from SRERAG (South Ribble East Rural Action Group) at Shuttling Field off Brindle Road in Bamber Bridge

Michael Mashiter, Lynn Preston and Martin Topping from SRERAG (South Ribble East Rural Action Group) at Shuttling Field off Brindle Road in Bamber Bridge

Hundreds of people have launched a fight against plans to “cram” more than 300 homes on farmland in Bamber Bridge.

The proposed development by Persimmon Homes would see 309 properties built on a 10 hectare plot off Brindle Road, in the apex of the M6 and M61.

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

Martin Topping of the Brindle Road Action Group said: “We accept that 250 homes will go on the whole area, but they’re wanting to put over 300 on 40 per cent of the land. That means there’s potential for a total of 680, and that upsets a lot of people.

“When you start multiplying 680 by a car for mum and a car for dad, you get a fantastic amount of pressure on the infrastructure, and already the railway crossing at the top of the road is bad enough.”

Local objectors are being supported by the South Ribble branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Secretary Audrey Dawson said: “I am concerned about the poor design and am disappointed that the plans do not optimise the potential for an innovative and green-centred ‘village’ design in keeping with both the surrounding countryside and the adjacent built environment in this semi-rural area.”

Mrs Dawson also argues that allusions to a ‘strong urban block structure’ in Persimmon Homes’ Design and Access statement “indicates a lack of empathy in the design”, and she has raised concerns that open space for children’s play is located next to the motorways.

Persimmon Homes were contacted by the Evening Post for a response, but declined to comment. However, the Design and Access Statement states: “The density of development is highest surrounding the centre at just above 40pha and slowly decreases towards the more rural outer edges. This again conforms to the guidance found in paragraph 60 of the National Planning Policy Framework.”

The document also refers to demolishing 215 Brindle Road to make an access road, with “Emergency access and access to a limited number of units along Shuttling Fields Lane”.

 

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