Fears over plans to build homes on green field site

Middleton Guardian - - CHILDREN IN NEED -

FRESH fears have been voiced over the loss of green space af­ter plans were sub­mit­ted for a new housing de­vel­op­ment.

Hun­dreds of new homes are al­ready in the pipe­line for ar­eas of land around Lan­g­ley Lane and Hollin Lane in Mid­dle­ton - de­spite hard-fought resi- dents’ cam­paigns.

Feel­ings are again run­ning high af­ter Hollins Strate­gic Land lodged pro­pos- als for 26 new three and four-bed­room houses on graz­ing land near Lan­g­ley Lane and Sil­ver Birch Sta­bles, Birch.

The green field site, which sits next to Birch Vil­lage Con­ser­va­tion Area, is classed as pro­tected open land by the coun­cil and also forms a small part of the green cor­ri­dor.

A state­ment ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion claims ‘the de­sign of the scheme will re­sult in a de­vel­op­ment that will be re­spond pos­i­tively to the char­ac­ter of the sur­round­ing area’.

And a her­itage as­sess­ment adds that view­points into the con­ser­va­tion area will not be af­fected as housing along Hey­wood Old Road and the veg­e­tated bound­ary along Lan­g­ley Lane will min­imise the vis­ual im­pact.

The de­vel­oper also claims that the lay­out of the scheme will de­ter crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

But, to date, 32 ob­jec­tions have been lodged by mem­bers of the pub­lic, while, by con­trast only one has been made in sup­port of the scheme.

One op­po­nent of the plans said: “As a res­i­dent of Barn Sil­ver Birch I strongly ob­ject to this ap­pli­ca­tion. The ap­pli­ca­tion will all but erase a green space which sup­ports an abun­dance of wildlife and fauna.

“Traf­fic on Lan­g­ley Lane has ex­ploded in terms of vol­ume in re­cent years and this will greatly add to that.”

They added: “Fur­ther­more there are houses be­ing built fur­ther on up the lane and be­yond, eras­ing more green space.

“The vista from the barn will be ru­ined, com­bined with even more noise from the pro­posed road and en­su­ing traf­fic.

“The coun­cil have re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect and con­serve the en­vi­ron­ment and its res­i­dents and to grant this ap­pli­ca­tion will vi­o­late this re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

The com­ments were echoed by a fel­low ob­jec­tor from Lyme Clough Way, who said: “I’m ob­ject­ing to this de­vel­op­ment as there are houses be­ing built at the top of Lan­g­ley Lane and also op­po­site St Ann’s Academy. This is al­ready go­ing to add pol­lu­tion and stress on lo­cal ser­vices.”

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