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Powderhouse Lane housebuilding proposal withdrawn after public opposition


The controversial plot of land
The controversial plot of land
Chris Satori

Controversial plans for 51 new homes on recreational land next to the Vale of Lune Rugby Club have been withdrawn,

The plans (click here for details) by Fellside Land Developments and Oakmere Homes for 51 homes on land also bordered by the Torrisholme, Westgate and Bare cricket grounds had sparked scores of objections from residents.

Concerns included the loss of recreational space, flooding, traffic, access, local school capacity and the impact on wildlife.

In the face of this widespread opposition the proposals have now been withdrawn.

The move has been welcomed by Skerton West Labour councillor, Rob Devey, who had lodged an objection.

Cllr Devey said: "Any new homes must be built in the right place, and this did not seem like an appropriate location given the site's continued use by walkers and for events like children's rugby, junior cricket and schools sports days - not to mention its history of flooding.

"It's important that we protect and encourage use of recreational space because the opportunity to exercise is vital if we want our children to lead happy, healthy lives, something which also contributes to positive mental health.

"It's unclear whether a revised planning application will be submitted for the site, but I struggle to see how any proposals could overcome these fundamental objections."

Skerton county councillor, Jean Parr, who is also Labour's candidate in the forthcoming Lancaster City Council by-election for the Skerton West ward, added: "We all want good quality housing across our district and we want clubs like Vale of Lune to thrive.

"However, it's vital for applicants for schemes like this and for city councillors to listen carefully to the views of neighbouring residents.

"Sometimes local opinion can be divided, but in this case there was a clear consensus against these plans."