Barn conversions set to get the green light

Photo Neil Cross'Residents protesting about the planned development of Dick Lane, Brinscall

Photo Neil Cross'Residents protesting about the planned development of Dick Lane, Brinscall

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Controversial plans to transform agricultural buildings into luxury village homes are set to decided by councillors tonight.

Objectors have been fighting the proposals for Brinscall Hall Farm, Dick Lane, Brinscall, for months.

Members of Chorley Council’s development control committee held off making a decision on the plans until they visited the site, which they have now done.

The committee has been recommended to approve the scheme by planning officers,

Protestors claim the proposed green belt development for six homes in redundant barns – will impact on the countryside, cherished by residents and visitors.

In a joint statement, they said: “The proposal to develop six houses from agricultural buildings at Brinscall Hall Farm is be be discussed at Chorley Council’s development and control committee on Tuesday, January 20, following a scheduled site visit by councillors.

“The objectors say that the whole character of Dick Lane will be spoiled by the creation of three large passing places, the increases in traffic and the extra residents, all of which will have a damaging affect on the beauty of the area.

“The part of Dick Lane which is to be widened is in an avenue of trees unique in this part of Lancashire.

“The lane is regularly visited by walkers, cyclists and the local nature trail children’s nursery.”

The application was submitted by Muntzer Mughar.

His agent, Lea Hough chartered surveyors, with bases in Preston and Blackburn, declined to comment.