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Development plans of old theme park site rejected

Plans: Residents in Charnock Richard put up posters showing they are against the development plans

Plans: Residents in Charnock Richard put up posters showing they are against the development plans

 

Controversial plans to build houses on a well-known theme park site have been thrown out.

Councillors met on Tuesday night to discuss the Camelot theme park application submitted by Storey Homes.

Watched by a crowd of more than 150, councillors discussed the controversial plans to build 420 houses on the site.

After a lengthy discussion, councillors voted unanimously to reject the plans on the basis the site was too big and the impact it would have on Charnock Richard, Heskin and the surrounding areas.

Residents and ward councillors attended the meeting to put their arguments forward.

Coun Harold Heaton, representing Charnock Richard Parish Council, said: “The application is ill considered.

“The former theme park site struggled as it was starved of investment for a number of years.

“Residential housing is not appropriate, the site is very limited in its sustainability, the applicants provided special circumstances and I feel they are non sustainable.”

Dan Mitchell, the agent acting on behalf of Storey Homes, added: “The report concluded that the plans will have a positive impact economically and it will add social benefits.

“The council realised it needed development and one million pounds has been given from Lancashire County Council to help improve the transport improvements.”

Coun Paul Walmsley, who oversees the council’s development control service, said: “It was a contentious issue and finely balanced and it was something we had to look at.

“We needed to see if the benefits outweighed the harm.

“We believe our decision fits in with out policy and we want to implement correctly where we can.”

 

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