Villagers raise concerns at plans for affordable homes

NEW HOMES: Houses will be built next to Eccleston Cricket Club
NEW HOMES: Houses will be built next to Eccleston Cricket Club
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Plans have been submitted for a number of affordable homes to be created in a rural village.

Housing contractor Partner Construction has submitted plans to Chorley Council which would see 18 affordable homes built in Doctors Lane, Eccleston.

The homes would be next to Eccleston Cricket Club and they would be built on greenbelt land.

Residents have already raised their concerns about the plans.

It is not yet known when work would start if planning permission was granted.

Coun Keith Iddon, ward councillor for Eccleston and Mawdesley, said: “The planning application has only been submitted for one week and already residents have contacted me about it.

“They have raised many concerns about the application but we must wait and see what happens.

“The consultation period is open and a lot of consideration will have to be given by the officers when it comes to the next planning meeting.

A major concern raised by residents was the speed that cars travel at down Doctors Lane and the impact the development would have.

Residents said that the extra houses would make the road even busier than it is.

Partner Construction has said that it made all the relevant checks with Lancashire County Council before submitting the planning application.

A spokesman from Partners Construction said: “Following a number of pre-application talks with Lancashire County Council, we received feedback which stated there were no concerns on their behalf.”

Lancashire County Council has said it will make contact with Chorley Council in due course.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council, said: “We often give advice to developers before they submit a planning application, however we’ll be making our formal response to Chorley Council on this application in due course.”