Fears over village housing scheme

Coun Eric Bell is concerned about development in green fields in Whittle-le-Woods
Coun Eric Bell is concerned about development in green fields in Whittle-le-Woods

A CHORLEY politician has issued a warning to developers to stop cherry picking greenfield sites in a village.

Coun Eric Bell says scenic views like this could be a thing of the past if home-builders continue to pick Whittle-le-Woods as the ideal location for new properties.

The move comes a week after Redrow revealed they want to put 150 properties on fields off Town Lane.

A meeting was held at the weekend for Whittle-le-Woods residents to voice their concerns but Coun Bell believes there is lots of concern locally about developers building in the area.

He said: “It is very early stages yet with Chorley Council’s Local Development Framework plan of looking at areas of land that could be built on.

“However, many people in Whittle-le-Woods fear that the area is being overtaken by developments.

“Whittle-le-Woods is a nice place to live and it is annoying because I can walk out of my door and see green fields within five minutes.

“It will not be like that for much longer if the developers keep developing on greenfields.

“The Local Development Framework plan shows that Chorley borough has to provide 5000 homes and I think that 240 of those must be in Whittle.

“However, there is some new legislation being put forward by the coalition government which will give residents more power to decide where residents want to see houses.

“We will have to wait and see because the council refused an application a couple of months ago and a planning inspector still granted plans for 300 homes in Clayton-le-Woods because it was claimed we did not have enough land available.

“The only way we will know if the legislation is successful is if the council refuse it and also the inspector does.There are some brownfield sites in the village which could be used and I think that we should be able to dictate that green fields are left alone.”

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