Countryside group gets a welcome ‘no go’ signal

Healey Nab
Healey Nab

Campaigners for a Chorley beauty spot have welcomed the red light to a new housing development which they say is part of the ‘chipping away’ process of the town’s green space.

The Friends of Healey Nab objected to the four detached new homes and garages on land off Hilfred, Crosse Hall Lane, Chorley.

Chorley Council’s development control committee, which meets tonight, has been recommended by officers to refuse the application.

The Friends objected say it would be an ‘erosion’ of the Nab area if it went ahead.

Acting vice-chairman John Dimsdale, a Lancashire County Council countryside ranger, said; “Developments like this are the thing end of the wedge. We’ve got to keep our green spaces open and protected. It reflects the feelings of most people locally. It’s our green space for the community. We’re lucky in Chorley we’ve got a lot of green spaces.

“We’ve registered our objection to that development the past. It’s important not to keep chipping away at what we’ve got.”

Friends of Healey Nab is a small community group who for more than 25 years have worked to promote the area of countryside to the east of Chorley, which has a number of wildlife habitats.

Chorley Council received 19 letters of objection to the application.