Housing site set to get the green light

Councillors John Walker and Eric Bell at the housing site on Swansey Lane and The Elms in Whittle-le-Woods

Councillors John Walker and Eric Bell at the housing site on Swansey Lane and The Elms in Whittle-le-Woods


Controversial plans for a housing development are set to be approved despite numerous objections.

The planning application for work on The Elms and Swansey Lane, in Whittle-le-Woods, will go before Chorley Council’s Development Control Committee on Tuesday.

The application has been submitted by the Eric Wright Group and they are looking to build 32 houses.

10 of the houses will be affordable.

The plans have caused controversy with residents in the area stating a number of reasons why they should be objected.

One resident said: “ I oppose strongly to this application, there is simply not enough space to land 32 houses and expect the surrounding area to cope.

“For once please listen and take notice of the objections and don’t let this go ahead.”

While another resident added: “As a resident of Swansey Lane, our back gardens and indeed the backs of our houses would be overlooked by a number of houses, therefore resulting in loss of privacy and disturbance.

“In the last few years there has been an astonishing amount of new housing estates built around this area effectively taking every bit of ‘green field’ available.

“This not only impacts on wildlife but is having a severe impact on the drainage in the area.”

Coun Eric Bell, borough ward councillor for Whittle-le-Woods, has said the plot of land was always earmarked for development.

He said: “It was either going to be a primary school or houses.

“The County Council felt there was no need for the school so passed it on for other developments.

“I agree with the residents complaint about the traffic on Chorley Old Road but a school would have done exactly the same.

“All the issues will be sorted out at the planning meeting,the houses will be overlooked but these type of gardens have plenty of distance in them, so I don’t think it will be a problem.”




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