Green homes back on cards

Granby Avenue residents (from left), Elaine Fitzsimons, Ashley Fitzsimons, Alicia Newton, Malcolm Cunliffe, Sue Blacow and Jimmy Hetherington
Granby Avenue residents (from left), Elaine Fitzsimons, Ashley Fitzsimons, Alicia Newton, Malcolm Cunliffe, Sue Blacow and Jimmy Hetherington
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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build homes on a bowling green have been re-submitted after the scheme was thrown out first time round.

The proposals for seven houses on the land at Layton Institute were rejected by planners in April who described the scheme as “gross overdevelopment.”

There were also concerns about access to the site.

Applicant Wendy Fletcher has now reduced the development down to five homes in a bid to win planning permission second time round.

Members of the Layton Institute voted to sell the land earlier this year in order to plug a gap in the club’s finances.

A report submitted by the applicant says: “The number of active bowlers has fallen to a level at which it is not considered reasonable to continue with its use.

“In parallel with this, the institute has had falling membership numbers and seeks to make use of its only major realisable asset.

“The proposal has the formal support of the institute’s membership.

“It has been demonstrated this is not a community facility and there are municipal facilities in the area.”

Residents, who opposed the original application, say there will fight the latest scheme.

Jimmy Hetherington, of Granby Avenue, said: “After seeing the latest application, residents have had a meeting and we all feel quite strongly that we don’t want this development to go ahead.

“Even though they have reduced the number of houses they want to build, we still feel the proposals are over-intensive and there is very poor access to the site.

“We intend to start a petition to hand in to the town hall in support of our campaign.”

The scheme, for five three-bedroomed houses, will go before a future meeting of the council’s planning committee.