Public meeting to discuss housing plan

PUBLISHED: 13:30 17 April 2015

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A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Locking on Saturday to discuss an 'ill-considered' planning application for close to 150 new homes in the village.

The proposal, by Cheshire-based company Gladman Developments, would see 145 houses built inside the village’s boundary line at Elm Grove Nursery in Elm Grove.

Elm Grove resident, Trevor Garfield, said: “We have already had more than our share of development on the green space which once surrounded the village.

“This proposed infill of a green space, this time actually within the village, breaching the village boundary and increasing the size of the village by 20 per cent, is ill-considered, incongruous and threatens our cherished village environment.”

Concerns about flooding, access and additional pressures on infrastructure will all be discussed at the meeting.

The council’s deputy leader and ward councillor for Locking, Elfan Ap Rees, said: “Residents are uniting against an unsolicited housing threat to the green buffer dividing Locking Village from the Weston boundary.

“The parish is already taking its fair share of new housing at Locking Parklands and this attempt to railroad through additional housing on the sensitive greenfield site is unacceptable.

“The parish council has now decided to call a public meeting for Locking residents to inform them about the proposals.”

The meeting will be at the village hall in Grenville Avenue from 6.30pm tomorrow (Saturday).

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