Eric Ollerenshaw column: Plans would mean major change

MP Eric Ollerenshaw
MP Eric Ollerenshaw
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Last week I met with the Aldcliffe Residents Association to discuss the impact that three planning applications will have on this area. Currently there are two applications for housing developments as well as a further application for a solar farm nearby.

Last week I met with the Aldcliffe Residents Association to discuss the impact that three planning applications will have on this area. Currently there are two applications for housing developments as well as a further application for a solar farm nearby.

One of the concerns is the sustainability of additional housing in this particular part of Lancaster. For example, a major concern is that although each of these applications will have to be considered separately, if all three are passed they will dramatically change the local area at a stroke, so the cumulative impact needs proper consideration alongside the individual pros and cons.

As I have said before although I do feel most people accept the need for some additional housing, I think we all agree that it has to be able to fit with the existing area and have the necessary infrastructure to support it.

If you would like to know more about these planning applications or the Aldcliffe Residents Association please visit https://aldcliffecommunity.wordpress.com/.

I also met with the new programme director, Samantha Nicol, of Healthier Lancashire to look at the plans to bring together health services and social services across the county. I did raise the particular issue of the move of dementia care beds to just one county site outside Blackpool as really problematic given the actual need for more localised services. It also enabled me to stress the particular unmet needs of our more rural areas.

This week was Freshers’ Week at our local universities and I managed to call in to Lancaster University to see how things were going and what clubs and societies were on offer this year. As usual there was a whole range of activities to get involved in – not surprising really when you consider that the university has been rated number 17 in the top 30 universities for quality of life.

Finally, it was great to be invited to officially open the new-style Post Office in Brookhouse. This is one of a series of post offices across Lancashire that are being combined with a local shop to offer extended opening hours – from 7am-9pm Monday to Saturday and 8am-8pm on Sundays. So now as well as being able to get groceries from the Londis in Brookhouse you can drop off your parcel, ‘top up’ your phone and pre-order your travel money for your next holiday!

As always, please contact me if I can be of any help. I represent everyone who lives in Lancaster regardless of how or whether you vote. My contact details are:

Email: eric.ollerenshaw.mp@parliament.uk Phone: 0207 219 7096 or 01995 672975

Write: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or 59 High Street, Great Eccleston, Lancs, PR3 0YB. Web: www.ericollerenshaw.com