PLANS for a new bungalow with adjoining stables and paddock for domestic equestrian use only at Poulton-with-Fearnhead, Warrington have triggered fierce local opposition.
The scheme, put forward by the Egerton Trust, involves land off Orford Road where the paddock and stables already exist.
Objections have been lodged by borough councillor Colin Froggatt (pictured), by Poulton-with-Fearnhead Parish Council and by a number of neighbours.
But planning officers are recommending the scheme be approved. They say the principle of development is acceptable as the site is in a sustainable locations within a built up area.
The stables – which would be refurbished to improve their appearance – would not be for business use so there would be only a minimal increase in traffic.
There are no flood risks arising from the proposals, they say.
Cllr Froggatt argues that the development would encroach on existing properties and nearby environmental flood defences. It would also have poor access and egress onto Orford Road.
The parish council is also concerned about the proximity of the proposed development to recent flood defence works and ”exceedingly difficult” access to Orford Road.
Seven nearby residents oppose the scheme because it would not improve the appearance of the site nor meet the future housing needs of the local community. They are also concerned about access, loss of privacy and the closeness of the development to the rear of existing houses.
There is an existing flood risk in the area, they claim.
The proposals are to be considered by Warrington’s development management committee tomorrow (Wednesday)