Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 11, 2017

A Resident Who Speaks For Aughton Park

Redrow Homes Ltd states “We have over 40 years proven track record of acquiring brownfield and greenfield land without planning permission, then successfully steering it through the planning system so as to gain the relevant permissions for residential and mixed use developments”.  [click to enlarge pics]

Readers of the Aughton Parish Council agenda for tomorrow will have noted Item 7 Planning and the appeal relating to Redrow Homes Ltd. By chance a local resident wrote to the WLBC planners and her letter was forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate, details below.

Appeal by Redrow Homes Ltd: Planning Inspectorate APP/P2365/W/15/3132596:
Land to the north west of Parrs Lane: 2015/0329/OUT

“As an elderly resident living a short distance from this subjective planning application and following receipt of the notification regarding a further Appeal. I wanted to put into writing again my greatest concerns, if this were to be ruled in favour of the Appellant.

“Firstly, the continuing volume of traffic in both directions, traversing Long Lane, from groups of cyclists to the other end of the spectrum like super large tractors towing even larger trailers. This road like many in West Lancashire, is two lane carriageway and is always littered with parked vehicles on both sides, especially outside Aughton Park Train station, often double parked, which causes complete gridlock and a serious threat to pedestrians on the narrow pavements and more particularly bus passengers waiting at the designated stop, just further down from the station entrance.

“Having been one of these people on a regular basis, it is, on occasions, a breath holding moment when these very heavy vehicles and fast cars, try to beat the other when travelling in opposite directions, then the only way of avoiding a collision is to use the footpath. Residents on this road must also fear for their property also due to these inconsiderate drivers.

“My issue is that there is no room for expansion or high increase in the volume of traffic, which in my opinion, would be the result if this application were to be passed.

“Secondly, I would be interested to know the anticipated cost of the homes to be built. Will there be any for young people to be able to afford , or will they just be for the super-rich as are many new properties being constructed in Aughton already? The [Ormskirk] town centre has been monopolised by landlords supplying rented accommodation to a large number of students, thereby creating a situation which prevents first time buyers accessing the property ladder, due to lack of affordable housing”.

Once again we will be forced to consider that this developer, having produced “another set of record results” will successfully steer Parrs Lane through the planning system. Redrow states “We are fiercely proud of the contribution we make to local economies and encouraging the establishment of sustainable communities” even when those communities like ours don’t want them!


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