Residents speak out at housing hearing

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Residents joined forces to strongly oppose the idea of a new Coppull housing development at an appeal hearing today.

A hearing is currently underway at Chorley Town Hall, after Redrock Ltd appealed the decision by Chorley Council to refuse plans for 47 homes on land off Clancutt Lane, Coppull.

Planning inspector David Morgan has now listened to views from local residents, and is continuing to hear arguments from Chorley Council and Redrock Ltd.

The hearing began at 10am and was due to continue until approximately 3pm.

Talking to the residents, Mr Morgan said: “We don’t want you to feel excluded from this process.

“I would like you to tell me your concerns.”

Various problems were raised by residents from Clancutt Lane and Birchwood Drive, including fears about highway safety.

Mike Dearden, of Birchwood Drive, said: “The main reason that I am opposing the plans is that the start of Clancutt Lane cannot be widened.”

A petition signed by over 70 youngsters from the area was also handed to Mr Morgan, and George Batt, of Clancutt Lane, felt that a new development could cause a deterioration in housing prices.

Mr Dearden also raised the point that there is a ‘large colony’ of protected species currently in the area.

Coun Matthew Crow, who represents the Coppull area, has previously said: “It seems strange that they are appealing against the development control committee’s decision.

“They are the councillors elected on behalf of the people of Chorley and they refused it.

“A lot of people locally are not against the concept of a development there it was just that the scheme was not suitable for the area.”

A spokesman for Redrock Ltd said that there were no highway refusals for the new homes.

Are you a resident affected by these housing plans? What are your thoughts? E-mail Rebecca.Cohen@jpress.co.uk.