Feeble road plans are bone of contention

The Nightingale Hall Farm site.
The Nightingale Hall Farm site.

Serious road safety concerns have been expressed by councillors and residents after plans for 128 houses in Lancaster were given the go ahead.

Barratt Homes is due to start transforming the Nightingale Hall Farm site in Quernmore Road “as soon as possible” after plans were granted at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday.

But residents expressed concerns about increased traffic in East Road, Quernmore Road and Derwent Road, while councillors criticised Lancashire County Council’s Highways department for being vague and “feeble” when it came to managing increased traffic.

Barratt Homes says it will provide 30 affordable homes within the development, contribute £70,000 towards new cycling and walking routes, contribute towards local education provision and provide open space and play areas.

Stuart Lawson, from Derwent Road, said he supported the development in general, but raised concerns about the volume of new homes at Standen Park, the Moor Hospital, Nightingale Hall, and a possible new development at Grab Lane.

Mr Lawson called for more safety measures on the roads including a mini roundabout at Derwent Road and Quernmore Road, zebra crossings and more regular bus services.

Coun Keith Budden said “the devil was in the detail” in how roads would be able to cope with increased traffic, while coun Paul Woodruff said: “Why are they allowed to send us such a feeble, futile report on the highways? It’s the main focus for goodness sake.”

A £500,000 transport contribution by Moor Hospital developers Storey Homes is yet to be spent by the county.

Coun Eileen Blamire said: “The sooner we get those traffic improvements...the better. Derwent Road is one of the most dangerous in the area. The people who are speaking here must be at the end of their tether...but so many jobs have been lost at county level, so people need to understand that too.”

Councillors also called for an access point to the north west of the site to be kept open for cycling and walking.