NEIGHBOURS have lost a battle to stop a bungalow being built on open land at Poulton-with-Fearnhead, Warrington.
The borough council’s development management committee has approved the proposals for land off Orford Road.
Councillors agreed with the recommendations of officers who said the scheme should be allowed to go ahead as the site was in a sustainable location within a built-up area.
The proposals, put forward by the Egerton Trust, involve a new bungalow on land already occupied by stables and a paddock. The stables, which are in a poor condition, would be refurbished to improve their appearance.
But they would be used for domestic equestrian use only – there was no intention to use the stables or the paddock for business purposes.
Seven neighbours had lodged objections to the scheme. They argued the development would result in parking and traffic issues on an already busy road.
The houses and stables would overlook existing property on Orford Road, resulting in a loss of privacy. The buildings would be overbearing and out of character with existing homes in the area.
Borough councillor Colin Froggat (pictured) also objected on the grounds of encroachment on existing property, poor access on to Orford Road and the impact of the scheme on nearby, recently constructed flood defences.
Similar objections were lodged by Poulton-with-Fearhead Parish Council.
But the committee approved the scheme after hearing from officers that there was no flood risk in the area and no objections from the highways department