Back to the drawing board for allotments

Allotments on Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge
Allotments on Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge

Plans to extend allotments in South Ribble were facing delays today after council chiefs went back to the drawing board.

South Ribble Council had drawn up proposals to add 28 new plots at the Brindle Road allotment site in Bamber Bridge, near Preston, to help meet demand from residents on waiting lists .

The 0.7-hectare scheme would also include new car parking spaces for visitors and a manure store.

However, the plans have been temporarily withdrawn from the planning process to allow the council to look at the best way to provide more allotments, following issues raised in the consultation process.

Two neighbours objected to the plans, amid concerns about smells and increased traffic.

One wrote: “My house backs onto the land and I am concerned about the proposal to put a manure store here.

“The allotment users already put manure on the car park at the Brindle Road access to the allotments.

“It is very smelly as they don’t use it all before they have more delivered and they don’t cover it up so there are loads of flies in summer which come in my house.”

Another resident wrote: “There will be an issue with parking and the extra traffic will be an issue for me and the number of children in the area.”

Coun Phil Smith, South Ribble Council cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: “The allotments are really popular at Brindle Road and the council is keen to create some extra plots to meet the growing demand.

“During the consultation period some issues were raised about a public right of way diversion and an easement for a gas mains which runs under part of the site. As a result, we have decided to withdraw the application and look again at how best to provide more allotments. We are talking to Lancashire County Council, Transco and the allotment society to find a way forward, as we’re very keen to provide more allotments.”