Villagers unite in fight against Camelot

A protest leaflet against the planned new Camelot development.
A protest leaflet against the planned new Camelot development.
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Campaigners are gearing up in their fight against more than 400 proposed new homes on the former Camelot theme park site in Charnock Richard. RACE- Residents Against Cramalot Encroachment - campaign has raised more than £1,000 to fight the plans for 420 homes on the site from Story Homes.

Heskin resident Alan Whittaker, one of the campaign organisers, said: ”We have now had a couple of meetings and now as a group of residents have engaged a planning officer of our own and we are going to fight as hard as we can. People are saying they don’t know about this development.”

He claimed the new homes would bring an extra 1,000 people and put a strain on schools and doctors’ surgeries - and that it would have a wider effect than just the surrounding villages.

“This is going to have an effect in Coppull and Chorley,” he said. “It is premature and disproportionate.”

Ward councillor Harold Heaton said he was restricted as to what he could say about the application as he is a member of Chorley Council’s planning department.

“I’m in contact with officers and residents and discussing all aspects of the application,” he said. “The majority are against it.”

A spokesman for Story Homes said: “We are confident our application to redevelop this redundant brownfield site will bring a number of key benefits to the area.

“As well as alleviating pressure on other Greenfield sites, 35 per cent of the properties will be designated as affordable housing for local people, and financial contributions will be made by Story Homes to improve public transport provision and to support any required community infrastructure needs such as school capacity.”

“Through thorough assessment and public consultation, we have created a sustainable proposal, which we believe will enhance the area and create a development of high quality homes whilst providing a viable long term future for the site.“