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Stop this building now, says pensioner

Garstang resident Phyllis Duerden, who lives at Stony Cross cottage off Park Hill Road, who claims builders and developers have failed to meet conditions of a planning application for a new cottage being built in front of her home.

Garstang resident Phyllis Duerden, who lives at Stony Cross cottage off Park Hill Road, who claims builders and developers have failed to meet conditions of a planning application for a new cottage being built in front of her home.

A Garstang pensioner is challenging Wyre Council after work continued at a local building site – even though an application for the discharge of planning conditions is still under consideration.

It is the second controversy surrounding the site off Park Hill Road in the centre of town, where work has been progressing until yesterday on building a new house.

The site is the subject of an outstanding application submitted by local company Graham Anthony Associates on behalf of owner LBT Motors of High Street, Garstang, for the formal discharge of planning conditions relating to issues including road improvement works, materials and archaeological surveys.

Just over a week ago a local councillor and council officials were called out by concerned local resident Phyllis Duerden and her son John Brierley after workmen began dismantling an asbestos garage on the site with no obvious protection.

The council’s environmental staff later attended the site and advised on the removal of the asbestos.

Then to Mrs Duerden’s consternation building work began.

She lives at nearby Stone Cross Cottage and watched as foundations were laid at the site, despite the issues over discharge of conditions not being resolved.

She said: “I want the council to stop it. I’m disgusted.

“I feel very upset with it all,” she said.

On Monday the council issued a statement saying: “The developer can only be forced to stop work by formal enforcement action.

“We have advised them to stop until the conditions have been properly discharged.

“We would only consider enforcement action if the development is likely to give rise to harm.”

The spokeswoman added: “ In this case, the information required to satisfy the relevant conditions has been submitted and is being considered.”

Lancashire County Council and Wyre’s environmental health team are currently being consulted.

Wyre council hopes to make a decision by August 8 on whether work can proceed. As the Courier went to press no-one was available for comment from Graham Anthony Associates.

LBT Motors declined to comment.

The original application for planning for the house was made by Graham Anthony Associates of High Street on behalf of LBT Motors of High Street , Garstang. The application to discharge conditions was again made by Graham Anthony Associates but on behalf of Mr L Tuer,

 

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