New village chalets plan should go-ahead

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Resubmitted plans to build seven chalets – revised from 14 – on a village outskirts should be given the go-ahead, say planners.

There is also a 142-name petition supporting the application which also includes an access road, parking, sewage treatment plant, facilities building, rainwater harvesting tank and communal refuse area following demolition of existing buildings on land at the back of Eccles Moss Iron Works, Bleasdale Road, Whitechapel.

There are also four letters of support saying the scheme would support tourism, businesses, pubs and tourist facilities and would generate local employment.

The previous plans for 14 chalets on the site were refused by Preston Council’s planning committee in April.

But putting forward enhanced landscaping and a more appropriate siting, Mr and Mrs Hayton have re-submitted the scheme which will go before the city’s planning committee tomorrow.

Coun Lona Smith, who represents the Rural North Ward on the council, spoke on behalf of objectors when the first plan was turned down and is still opposing the scheme.

While Goosnargh Parish Council says it has a policy of supporting viable rural businesses that provide employment, it lists a number of concerns including impact on the natural beuarty of the area.

Recommending ‘approval with conditions’ planning officers, stated: “On balance the revised proposal would not have any unacceptable detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the AONB”.