Campaigners launch petition opposing 118 new homes plan

Signs on D'Urton Lane in protest against 118 plans proposed by Charles Church
Signs on D'Urton Lane in protest against 118 plans proposed by Charles Church

A CAMPAIGN has been started against plans that have resurfaced to build a 118-house estate in Broughton.

Nicola Goodwill, 45, who lives on Highrigg Drive, says it would ruin the area and the Guild Wheel if houses were built on land near D’Urton Lane.

Peter Ward with the new Guild Wheel Plaque

Peter Ward with the new Guild Wheel Plaque

And along with Peter Ward, 81, the driving force behind bringing the Guild Wheel to Preston, Nicola has set up an online petition with more than 4,500 signatures.

She said: “I do not oppose the building of the houses, just the traffic in will bring to an already unsuitable area. The access to build the properties will be the main problem. This is the only area of the Guild Wheel that brings pedestrians, cars and cyclists together so to add more traffic would be very dangerous.”

Nicola has also put up more than 100 posters along the route encouraging other residents to fight against the plans. Preston Council’s planning committee went against advice from officers and rejected an application to build the 118 homes on land near D’Urton Lane almost 12 months ago. Plans had been submitted for the homes but councillors refused over fears of a “severe impact” on road safety.

But now Charles Church Lancashire has relaunched the plans on behalf of Andrew Forrest, which involve developing the 12-acre site, close to the A6. Developers, who say 30 per cent of the houses will be affordable homes, conducted a consultation by posting 2,000 leaflets through the doors of the local community, informing them of the development. The land is currently being used for agricultural purposes.

We want to save the Guild Wheel and not have it ruined by it being unsafe for people to use.

Campaigner Nicola Goodwill

Nicola said: “This is just bad planning because they haven’t looked at how much room is available for construction traffic to come through. We want to save the Guild Wheel and not have it ruined by it being unsafe for people to use. I would urge people to get behind the campaign, sign the petition and make their views known when it comes before the planning committee.”

Daughter of Peter Ward, Cerise, is also part of the campaign and has some strong words for any potential developers. She said: “My father worked tirelessly for 15 years with Mike Ward and the Guild Wheel User Group on the Guild Wheel and only three years after completion it is facing a disaster. Up to seven new roads, junctions and access to new estates are being funded by developers supported by County Council staff. These actual or planned schemes are located on quiet country lanes used by the Guild Wheel.”

Petition is here

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