‘Fighting fund’ planned to stop new village housing

Mawdesley residents who are teaming up to fight a proposed 64-home development off Gorsey Lane

Mawdesley residents who are teaming up to fight a proposed 64-home development off Gorsey Lane

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Residents could be asked to contribute to a £10,000 fund to fight plans for a new housing development.

Mawdesley Parish Council is considering raising its precept to pay for planning advice and other costs as it fights proposals to build 64 homes off Gorsey Lane.

It would mean people living in band D properties having to pay an extra £15 over the year.

Residents were asked if they would support the increase “in principle” at an extraordinary meeting to discuss the proposals.

Coun Grahame Green, parish council chairman, said: “We have not had anything like this where we have needed financial support. This is the first time we have had to have such a big rise.

“It’s not definite though – we just asked if people would generally be happy with it. About 70 per cent of people were in favour.”

Bloor Homes is expected to submit an application to build houses on the site of Goodyear Furniture Centre.

But people in the village are concerned about the impact of the new homes on traffic, drainage and the overall infrastructure.

They say Chorley Council’s draft local plan for 2012-2026 recommended only small development in the village.

A vote among the 138 people at the meeting saw just one person in favour of the plan.

Mawdesley ward councillor Keith Iddon said: “People do accept that there will be little pockets of development in the village and infill where there will be three or four houses and that is acceptable.

“But such a large-scale development on an industrial site is not acceptable.”

Stephen Barlow, from Bloor Homes, said: “While we appreciate that some local residents have specific concerns regarding the plans, we are confident that our proposals represent the best option to deliver much-needed new homes in Mawdesley.

“Understanding the views of local people is extremely important to us.

“We are now taking the time to review the feedback received during the consultation to help shape our final scheme.”