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West Lancs Borough Council's Local Plan proposes to develop a 74 hectare site with houses and industrial units on Green Belt at Yew Tree Farm on Higgins Lane, joining Burscough village to the nearby industrial estate and merging it with the hamlet of New Lane. The site will initially have 1000 houses, developed in two phases, but could potentially deliver a further 2000 in the future.
In addition to the initial 1000 houses, a further 350 will be built around Burscough and 250 South of Burscough on Green Belt at Grove Farm, closing the gap between the village and the town of Ormskirk. There is also provision to build a further 60 houses on Green Belt off Red Cat Lane. All in addition to approved ongoing developments.
The developments avoids putting affordable housing where it is needed. The need for affordable housing is four times as great in Ormskirk and Aughton as it is in Burscough. Yet the plan proposes to build considerably more houses in Burscough than in Ormskirk.
Apart from all the valid reasons that locals have for objecting to these developments listed in the petition, looking at the evidence WLBC has produced the sites have not been identified by a fair process, the process is inconsistent in its methodology, ignores major constraints, removes more suitable sites without evidence and prioritises Green Belt over Brown Field sites.
Local developer is building 43 duplexes for section 8 housing. This housing will be offered to low-income and government assisted families. It is in very close proximity to my home and church.
All of my neighbors and I strongly object to this development for fear of plummeting property values in an already troubling housing market and the almost certain raise in crime in an otherwise quiet neighborhood consisting of many young children and families.