Worden Park plans no longer opposed

Worden Park's car park gets full during busy periods
Worden Park's car park gets full during busy periods

Proposals to create a permanent overflow car park and resurface the cobbled area at Worden Park’s courtyards have not been opposed.

South Ribble Council’s planning committee will this week determine whether proposals from the council’s own parks department should be granted permission.

One application to go before the meeting on Wednesday is a retrospective one relating to ‘emergency work’ carried out around the Arts and Crafts Centre.

Members of the community were outraged earlier this year when the cobbles were pulled up and replaced with asphalt , and officers at the council have since had to submit a retrospective planning application for the scheme.

They argue that Listed Building legislation allows for emergency work where necessary, and said the work was urgent because the cobbles were becoming slippery and uneven.

The council has received no objections to the application, which also includes some minor work to the gable wall of Worden Hall, ‘to prevent further damage caused by water ingress’.

The second application for the park set to be considered at this week’s meeting is for an overflow car park adjacent to the main parking area off Worden Lane.

If approved, 164 extra spaces will be created by the end of this year.

Planning documents read: “It is suggested that an area of some 3527m² of grass should be reinforced with a heavy duty, grass reinforcement system, allowing use in the same way as hard surfaced parking areas, but retaining the visual appearance of grass.”

It adds there is no need for a surface water drainage system.