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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Protest meeting is called over plan for 114 village homes

A protest meeting against plans for 114 homes in Dearham will be held on Wednesday.

Persimmon Homes wants to create the estate on land near Newlands Park.

But residents fear that the village’s roads, drains and sewers cannot take any more.

The meeting, in the village hall at 7pm, has been organised by villagers including Shirley Tweedie, who lives behind Newlands Park.

She said: “I don’t want these houses on my doorstep but that is not the only reason I am objecting.

“Like me, many people I have spoken to are really concerned about the effect that all these new houses will have on our village and our school.”

She said a significant number of the proposed houses would have four bedrooms which means they are built to attract families.

She added: “Many of us fear that one day soon children living in Dearham will not be able to attend their own school because there will be no spaces left for them.”

She said the village already had drainage problems and a new scheme could cancel out the benefits of work planned by United Utilities to improve drainage this year.

Mrs Tweedie said another concern was that access would be via the narrow Went.

The organisers have created information sheets and delivered them to every house in the village.

Councillor Louise Maguire, of Newlands Park, said she was concerned that the development would turn Dearham into a small town.

Story Homes has also been given permission to build 78 new homes in Dearham.

John Jackson, senior land manager for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “Our experience is that demand is high for new homes.

“Our proposals include work to improve the safety of traffic and any risk of flooding has been factored in.”

“As with any new development, provision of education and other community facilities is an important concern for the planning authorities and one we would expect to be fully addressed during the planning process, with contributions towards improvement likely to form part of the developer’s investment in the local community.”

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