Vote expected on village housing

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Controversial plans to put housing on a green field site in Bolton-le-Sands will be debated by councillors next week.

Thirty-seven properties are proposed by Oakmere Homes on a triangular piece of land 400 metres from Coastal Road by the canal.

Lancaster City Council gave permission for 77 houses in 2011 but the consent has not been used because agreement could not be reached about the number of affordable homes that would be provided.

Planning officers have recommended the fresh scheme be approved subject to 31 conditions.

The site, the subject of housing planning applications since 1991, is allocated for housing in the council’s development plan.

But many residents and Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council are against it, claiming the homes are not needed.

Peter Griffin, who lives near the site, said: “There are 800 vacant homes within three miles of the village and about 190 for sale within one mile, in all price ranges.

“This is the last green field in Bolton-le-Sands and it is an amenity the village enjoys.

“There are 1,000 empty homes in the Lancaster district which could be brought into use.”

Mr Griffin said a petition signed by 1,000 people against the scheme would be handed in to councillors at Monday’s planning committee meeting at Lancaster Town Hall.

No objections to the development have been raised by highways officials or the Environment Agency.

The proposal includes 31 two-storey homes and six dormer bungalows.