Anger over pub car park housing plans

Hilda Sharples and Hilary Anderton at the Golden Lion pub
Hilda Sharples and Hilary Anderton at the Golden Lion pub
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Residents are outraged after plans were approved for two three bedroom properties on a car park in Wheelton.

Chorley Council’s Development Control Committee agreed with an officers recommendation and approved the homes plan on land owned by Daniel Thwaites Brewery at the back of the Golden Lion pub in Wheelton.

However, the local community say it will only create more parking and traffic problems in the village.

Hilary Anderton, 57, who was one of 17 residents who objected to the plans, said: “You can see that there is no-where to park along this busy road.

“We rent garages on land at the back of the car park and if those are knocked down then we are snookered.

“There is also more danger going onto the A674 because vehicles speed through the village.

“We don’t expect Thwaites to provide us with spaces but it will be even harder if customers of the Golden Lion pub cannot park there.

“It is impossible to park on the lane when the pub is holding its curry or steak nights or even at weekends and I don’t know where we will go.

“We have worked hard to protest but feel that nobody has listened to us.”

Apart from the fears over parking, residents are worried about the increased traffic onto Blackburn Road and further problems.

Mrs Anderton said: “Developers are now going to be looking at the surrounding fields and will want to build there.”

A decision on the controversial plans was expected to have been made last month, but it was deferred until committee members made a site visit.

One of Mrs Anderton’s neighbours, Hilda Sharples, 47, said: “The congestion onto the main road in the morning and at night-time is terrible.

“This is a dangerous bend and you are adding to the problems with more houses down here.”

Coun Alison Hansford, who represents the Wheelton area, has also voiced her concerns.

She said: “As much as houses may be an improvement on the area than garages, there is a major issue over highways and parking. It just highlights the traffic problem coming out onto the road that is busy and yet Lancashire County Council’s highways team have raised no objections.”

A spokesman for Thwaites Brewery said: “We have worked closely with the council planners to submit a sympathetic proposal for two properties when we originally were going to apply for permission for three properties on the site of this block of garages.

“We’ve also redesigned the street frontage and the rear aspect in light of planning advice.

“There will be no change to the number of parking places at the Golden Lion and the lane already provides access to other properties and we do believe this development will enhance the area as a whole.”