Residents’ anger over village firm’s plan for housing

The site at Woodplumpton where six houses may be built
The site at Woodplumpton where six houses may be built
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A row has broken out over plans to build six houses on a rural chair manufacturing site.

Bosses at The Odd Chair Company, which produces hand crafted, bespoke products, said the family firm has outgrown its base at Eaves Cottage Farm, Eaves Lane,Woodplumpton, and they were looking for premises on Redscar industrial estate.

They hope to get permission to turn their current site – a former farm – into a 
housing development, and say were taken aback by the “hostile” reaction of a neighbour.

Woodplumpton Parish Council’s clerk said its members were likely to object to the plan.

Gina Watters, who lives in a Grade II listed old farmhouse next to the proposed development site, said news of the application was a “bombshell.”

She said: “We purchased the house from Mr and Mrs Cook in 2002, under the assurance that Eaves Cottage Farm was a finished development and that the idyllic location and surroundings would remain unchanged, and it is now under the hideous prospect of being overlooked by an estate of five-bedroomed detached houses.”

Julie Buttle, clerk of Woodplumpton Parish Council, said the issue would be discussed at a meeting on April 28.

She said: “The main issue here is that it would fall outside the development area identified in the core strategy.

“Woodplumpton is already going getting 5,000 new houses, and for this to extend into a rural village is wrong.”

Applicant Sue Cook said she had been transparent with neighbours and the 
parish council about the plans and hoped to open a dialogue with Mr and Mrs Watters.

She said: “I’d like to invite them to come to our house and discuss the matter properly, because we’re staying here and we don’t want to do 
anything to harm the local area.”