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White Coppice lodge plan is submitted

Land beyond the last cottage at White Coppice Cricket Club

Land beyond the last cottage at White Coppice Cricket Club

A planning application which caused upset among countryside lovers in Chorley has been submitted.

The retrospective application for work on the Heapey No 8 lodge at White Coppice, will go before Chorley’s planning commitee for a decision.

It has come from White Coppice Cricket Club, who together with a resident, have also been involved in redevelopment work at the lodge.

Resident David Lomas caused upset when he removed a dam wall and embankment and carried out other works at the site, including extending a parking area, next to his Rose Cottage home by White Coppice cricket ground, last summer.

He said he understood he did not need planning permission but was told by Chorley Council he did.

He said he withdrew the application, understood to be over land ownership, on “a technicality” and that he planned to resubmit it.

The application from the cricket club – for work carried out on a larger part the site, too – will be followed by a retrospective application from Mr Lomas.

Mr Lomas bought the former mill lodge from Wigan and District Angling

Association.

He said an Environment Agency inspection revealed repair work that needed to be carried would be too costly.

But when people who enjoy the countryside in that area saw what he had done, they were upset about the impact on the beauty and wildlife of the area and called for it to be restored.

Scores of objections were been posted on Chorley Council’s website.

Comments included:

n “White Coppice is an area of outstanding natural beauty and part of W Lancs moors.

n “My sister used to live at Rose Cottage and when they restored the cottage it was all done so as not to damage

environment.

n “Who do people think they are to abuse the rules most of us adhere to. I believe he should be made to restore the banking before next summer. then made to pay CBC costs.”

n “I am distressed to see what is being done so unjustly.

n “I visited this beautiful area 16 years ago when I visited my dad’s family living in Chorley.

n “I have a beautiful photograph in my lounge room reminding me of the lovely walks and the countryside.

n “So English. It would be a tragedy for not just locals if this was lost.”

n “Having grown up in one of the cottages by the side of the cricket pitch and to now go home and see what has become of this area of natural beauty makes my blood

boil.

n “It is obvious that this has been done without planning permission as something so detrimental to the landscape of a conservation area would never have been passed.

Heapey Parish Council has objected to the plans.

Parish councillor Malcolm Allen said: “My personal view, as a parish councillor, is it’s no different to the original one and we objected to that.”

He added: “We have a parish council meeting at the beginning of March.

“I don’t think our opinion’s going to change.

“The problem is he did it on land he didn’t own.

“Now the landowners have come forward we see no reason to change our opinion, but we need to discuss it at the parish council

meeting.”

Mr Lomas said he had no comment to make.

 

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