The Ongoing Destruction Of Old Hesketh Bank In Lancashire March 29th, 2016 Pat Regan Latest News Shares Comments Wonderful wildlife habitat under threat from housing development plans… The Southport Press recently reported on controversial plans to build 211 houses at Hesketh Bank, right on the doorstep of a lovely old lake. The proposals going before councillors concern the former Henry Alty’s Brickworks site (the Old Clay Pit) off Station Road, in Hesketh Bank. Previously, the development plan in Hesketh Bank was met with bitter opposition from residents who claimed the rural infrastructure was not able to support any further development. The initial planning application was submitted to West Lancashire Borough Council by Persimmon Homes for 275 houses, associated garages, roads and landscaping to be built on the Henry Altys site on Station Road. However, it was recently reported that plans originally proposed were “too dense”. Therefore, a reduction of house numbers would be more appropriate for this area. Apparently this has been implemented within the submitted scheme. Whoever is ‘supposed’ to be officially in charge of planning and development permission etc in this location MUST understand the the lake is a wildlife oasis (home to water voles, newts, swans, grebes, kingfishers, etc) and as such must be protected and given sanctuary. What assurances are the local council giving that protective regulations, for both wildlife and the Hesketh Bank community, will be addressed? A small railway around the lake is also a popular attraction with tourists and locals alike. Will this attraction ultimately now be under threat from these developments? No excuses will suffice concerning yet MORE ecological destruction for fat cat profits. Villages like this are an English gem and truly deserve to be safeguarded. The Environment Agency and other bodies, holding a protective remit over the ecostructure have a duty of care to the place and its protected wildlife that dwell therein! Same old story that we are all sadly becoming so familiar with… mega money talks and English heritage gets thrown right out of the window! They must ‘not’ be permitted to get away with it! The impact on the delicate infrastructure, via development with increased traffic congestion etc, of this historic Lancashire village is likely to be catastrophic and must be challenged now! PROBLEMS WITH PERSIMMON HOMES FOR MANY OTHER UK COMMUNITIES. HERE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES! Persimmon Homes criticised for failing to meet planning regulations Elsewhere, Persimmon Homes was told to down tools on the large Derwent View development near the Bowes Incline in Birtley, Gateshead, after concern was expressed over the construction not complying with regulations. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/persimmon-homes-ordered-stop-work-7921480 Builders Persimmon cause a stink at Blyth housing development And in ‘another’ location the builders left a gaping hole in a bathroom, which was contributing to a sense of frustration that the stench would ever go away. Householder said: “Our new home stinks and so does Persimmon.” http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/news-opinion/mr-justice-builders-persimmon-cause-7919914 Abergavenny, residents protest Residents fear that a proposed residential development of 250 homes on the outskirts of the town will significantly increase traffic and anti-social behaviour and will overlook their homes. http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/11516590.Residents_oppose_new_homes_plan/ Portsmouth, harsh words against this builder http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/anger-as-residents-are-not-told-about-housing-meeting-1-6367850 Have Lancashire councillors considered the content of the links above, with regards to latest building proposals in their area? The environmental impact on the lake and wildlife may be significant. Many new families will blissfully be bringing in predatory pet cats, which may be allowed to roam freely through the hedges and nesting sites of many wild bird species. Increased gridlock in the local Hesketh bank infrastructure may also be of serious concern to many residents. Extra pressure on school placements and medical services too. The list is considerable and attempts to trivialise it by profit-motivated, pro-development activists is only to be expected. This poor old lake has had problems for many years, including wanton waste tipping that was eventually halted following protests(see this link). http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/save-old-claypit-campaign-extracts-of.html Today this Lancashire lake is beautiful and forms a most valuable wildlife oasis. NB. In view of the seriousness of this issue, several readers have expressed ‘deep concern’ at what some are calling a “flippant” comment by a local newspaper editor. It’s high time the lake was given the environmental protection is truly deserves… Some of us care deeply about the environment and have spent a lifetime seeking to defend it… Pat Regan © 2016 Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected]– relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!