A DEVELOPER pushing controversial housing plans on a former military camp site near Warrington has offered £30,000 towards the cost of highway improvements near a local school.
Planning officers are recommending the scheme on the former HMS Gosling site at Croft be approved.
But Croft Parish Council, borough councillor Chris Vobe and more than 130 residents have lodged objections.
Elan Real Estate want to build 25 four and five bedroomed houses on the site - said to be the only remaining wartime military camp in the Warrington area.
In addition to offering £30,000 towards the cost of traffic management schemes and on-street parking at nearby St Lewis' RC Primary School, the firm has agreed to pay £240,000 towards the cost of affordable housing elsewhere in the borough.
Croft Parish Council says the site is in the Green Belt is of historical interest.
They argue there is no need for more housing in Croft, there are no sewage or gas supplies in the area, the development would lead to road safety hazards and the site is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
There would also be a risk of increased flooding in Lady Lane.
Cllr Vobe (right) says nearly 400 people have signed a petition opposing the scheme.
He said: "The sheer volume of objections to these disrespectful plans should send a stark message to the developers and to Town Hall planners, which they cannot ignore.
"People in Croft are determined to protect this valuable green space and put pay to the traffic chaos that would ensue if it were to go ahead. That is why I am urging the council planners to stand up for local people and reject these plans when they come before committee.
"There is no room for negotiation with the developers on this issue, and there never will be. These people seem to believe that because their plans tick certain boxes and don't contravene national policy, that local councillors should simply roll over and accept this for what it is.
"They seem to forget the one, overriding fact: that local people don't want these houses and they simply are not right for Croft."