Concerns as housing is planned for fields

Strawberry Fields
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A councillor is opposing plans to build houses as part of the development of a green site.

A planning application has been submitted to create a digital health park off Euxton Lane, Chorley.

“The application includes 125 houses. I’m objecting because it goes against the local plan, because the land should be just used for employment.”

Coun Mark Perks

The scheme also includes houses, care facilities, industrial units, a convenience store, family pub and medical centre.

But Coun Mark Perks, leader of Chorley’s Conservative group and ward councillor for Astley and Buckshaw, is not happy that houses could be built there.

The site - known locally as Strawberry Fields - was designated for employment use in 2013.

And he says assurances were given that houses would not be built there.

Coun Perks said: “The application includes 125 houses. I’m objecting because it goes against the local plan, because the land should be just used for employment.”

He said problems had been caused by the mixture of houses and employment in Buckshaw Village.

And he said residents living nearby had raised concerns about the potential for an increase in traffic on Euxton Lane.

Coun Perks is calling for the planning application to be rejected.

He said: “I feel it’s a strong case. This local plan is there to protect land for certain uses that have been designated for development and housing was just not designated for that land.”

Ken Whitaker, from Euxton Lane Developments, said: “Our plans to create a digital health hub at Euxton Lane would create hundreds of skilled jobs for the town and establish Chorley at the centre of this exciting and growing sector in the North West.

“Additional care facilities and light industrial units mean we could create around 700 jobs altogether.

“The provision of up to 125 new homes would help to deliver the wider scheme and also reduces the impact of traffic on local roads compared with an entirely commercial scheme – and we are continuing our efforts to deliver jobs to Chorley while minimising any potential impact on the local community.”