Safety fears fail to stop homes

New housing sites.'Lundsfield Quarries site off Kellet Rd, Carnforth, which has planning permission for 200 homes
New housing sites.'Lundsfield Quarries site off Kellet Rd, Carnforth, which has planning permission for 200 homes
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PLANS for 200 new homes in Carnforth have narrowly been passed by city councillors, despite fears that increased traffic congestion could lead to someone being killed.

The Redrow Homes development, on the former Lundsfield Quarries concrete works and canal marina off Kellet Road, was originally approved by Lancaster City Council’s planning committee in April 2008 on the understanding that a £300,000 canal footbridge would be built linking the site with the town centre.

It includes 20 per cent affordable housing and five commerical units.

The planning committee this week re-affirmed its support for the application on a 9-6 vote, despite hearing that officers had been unable to find a suitable site for the footbridge.

Fears were raised that more people would have to drive into town, causing increased congestion and a possible risk to pedestrians and school children who used the existing Kellet Road bridge further along the canal.

See the Lancaster Guardian (12-01-12) for full story.