1,000 sign petition against new homes

The view of the Coastal Road site - the other side of the canal - from Alan Falcous's house.
The view of the Coastal Road site - the other side of the canal - from Alan Falcous's house.

RESIDENTS in Bolton-le-Sands this week lodged a 1,000-name petition with council planners, urging them to throw out plans for 77 new homes off Lancaster Canal.

Locals have been fighting proposals to develop the eight-acre greenfield site between the canal and Coastal Road for years, with the latest scheme due to go before Lancaster City Council’s planning committee on Monday, October 17.

Developer Briery Homes wants to build 48 semi-detached homes, 19 detached homes and a building containing 10 flats on the agricultural land.

There would be a mixture of two, three and four bedroom homes.

Council planning officers are recommending that the committee should approve the scheme, stipulating that 30 per cent of the homes should be affordable, a play area should be built as part of the development and that the developer should make cash contributions towards local school places and waste management.

Their report says the site is near to existing community facilities and points out that a planning inspector who chaired an inquiry into the Lancaster District Local Plan in 1998/9 decided that it was suitable for housing because it was already surrounded by urban development.

But the plans have met with stiff resistance, with concerns including the loss of picturesque views from the canal and the impact on local infrastructure, including village amenities and roads.

More in this week’s Lancaster Guardian.