Plans for a massive 700-home residential development on the borders of Chorley and Leyland are under way.
The proposals, which cover a 33-acre site, are for green space bordered by Chorley, and Bamber Bridge, and also include:
- a primary school
- 40,000 sq foot offices – bringing 380-400 jobs
- a pub or restaurant
- local centre and shops
- sports pitches and
- children’s play area
The move has shocked residents, who are outraged after the owners posted leaflets through letterboxes on the Flowers Estate, Lancaster Lane and Wigan Road this week, as they feel they would be “swallowed up”.
The Manchester-based owners were given the green light by a planning inspector to build 300 homes on the same site off the A49 after it was argued Chorley Council did not make a decision in time.
Now, locals are outraged over how the development ballooned, saying there is no need for this type of scheme one mile away from Buckshaw Village, where development is not finished yet.
Helen Smith, who has been spearheading a campaign group, said: “We are going to be knocking on doors around the area in the next few days to raise awareness about the development and to get people sending in their views.
“I am also going to set up a petition to try to get as many signatures as we can.
“We are very concerned about the effect this development will have on the local infrastructure – roads, congestion and safety, schools, doctors, dentists, sewerage, drainage and noise pollution.
“The bigger picture of development in the vicinity is quite frightening as it will change the face of Clayton-le-Woods, and not for the better.
“It’s unfathomable why green fields are even being considered. Not to mention considerable housing plans for Leyland too.”
In the public consultation document, FLP say the scheme will bring low-cost affordable housing, mixed housing types, family pub, extra bus services, new cycleways and neighbourhood facilities such as a convenience shop and sport pitches.
FLP say feedback will be used to create a more detailed proposal for a planning application which will appear at a public exhibition.
The deadline for views is for the consultation of residents’ views is November 4 – you can email your views to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A spokesman for FLP said: “Clayton-le-Woods has been identified by Chorley Council as a settlement that will accommodate some of the future housing requirements of the district.
“The principle that additional housing will be provided in Clayton-le-Woods at this location is already established and endorsed recently by the Secretary of State, when granting permission to FLP for the development of 300 homes on land adjacent to the application site.
“The land around Lancaster Lane has long been identified by the council as suitable for residential and mixed use development. It has been an aspiration of the council to see this land brought forward by way of a comprehensive master plan.
“In this regard, Chorley Council has identified the application site in their Sites For Chorley Preferred Option Paper as a proposed allocation for residential, employment and recreational use.
“The site is situated in a sustainable location on the edge of Clayton-le-Woods.
“The public engagement is to help residents understand the context and detail of the proposals, and to listen to people’s ideas, ensuring we create sustainable development which integrates with the existing community.”
A two-day event will be held at Lancaster Lane CP School, Hunters Road, Clayton-le-Woods, on November 4, between 4pm and 8pm, and on November 5, between 10am and 2pm.