‘Drainage should not stop housing’

Land at Pilling where baxter's hope to build 15 affordable homes
Land at Pilling where baxter's hope to build 15 affordable homes
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A DEVELOPER behind plans for affordable housing in Over Wyre believes drainage issues should not hold up the scheme.

More than 30 residents opposed an application by Baxter Construction for 15 homes to the rear of Bluebell Cottages in Pilling.

Locals say the drainage system will not cope with the new homes, 14 two and three-bedroomed houses and one detached, special needs bungalow.

But David Walker (pictured), spokesman for the Baxter Group of Companies, has asked residents not to let their campaign to improve the drainage system get in the way of much needed affordable housing.

He said: “There is an overall problem in Over Wyre with the drainage network, it’s at or near its capacity, not just in Pilling but in built up areas Over Wyre.

“I appreciate locals wanting to continue with their campaign to upgrade the sewage network but we have been assured by United Utilities and the Environment Agency our scheme will meet their requirements.

“We have authority to drain foul drainage into the public system. There is sufficient capacity to deal with that.

“And after re-examining the drains along the perimeter of the site we discovered a land drain we can use to drain surface water which is acceptable to United Utilities and the EA.”

Mr Walker told The Gazette his development will go towards meeting Pilling’s affordable housing target of 26 homes per year.

He added: “The campaign to get improvements to the drainage system should not be an excuse to justify holding up much needed affordable housing.”

A United Utilities spokesman said: “Significant investment was made in the borough of Wyre in 2007 to improve our pumping stations in Pilling and work is now ongoing to help prevent flooding in Dobson Road and Smithy Lane.”