Worry over new shop proposals

Photo Neil Cross'The bungalow set to be demolished in Liverpool Road, Penwortham
Photo Neil Cross'The bungalow set to be demolished in Liverpool Road, Penwortham
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Demolishing a 100-year-old bungalow to make way for new offices, shops and flats will ruin the character of the local area, according to Town Council members.

Penwortham Town Council has lodged a formal objection to plans to knock down 42 Liverpool Road, and to erection four ground floor offices and shops with three flats above, in its place.

The Council’s move came after it was approached by residents of adjoining Queensway, who have produced a 70-signature petition.

Specific concerns of neighbours included the potential loss of light to surrounding properties and no provision for parking in an already heavily congested area.

Councillor David Howarth said he would be “absolutely astonished” if the plans were passed by South Ribble planning committee.

He said: “This building would be two-and-a-half and three storeys high, so it would seriously overlook number 2 Queensway.

“The size is also completely out of character with anything else in the local area, and at a time when we’re trying to add hanging baskets and other items to enhance the look of the business district, it would result in the loss of one of the wonderful garden areas.”

He added: “There’s also a lack of parking in the plans in an area that’s already very congested.

“To add to that, tree preservation orders would make it very difficult for delivery vans to get in and out, and there’s concern that having bedrooms directly above the shops would be a fire risk.”

Coun Howarth also pointed out several unoccupied shops currently in Liverpool Road.

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