Row over plans to build large house in Blackrod
A ROW broke out between residents at a meeting of Blackrod Town Council over plans to build a large house.
The argument erupted as town councillors discussed plans to build a four bedroom home on land at the rear of Chorley Road in Blackrod.
The applicant, who has had previous similar plans refused by Bolton Council, submitted the latest application to the council on August 6, with provision for three parking spaces.
Speaking at the meeting, neighbour Andrew Smith said: “These plans are completely out of character with the area and would result in a loss of parking spaces which would cause an overspill.
“It doesn’t support the idea of road safety and I am asking for the support of Blackrod council in recommending that it is refused.”
Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “I think they are just playing silly devils — they had an application refused and this time they are planning to turn the building sideways, that won’t change anything.”
In response, the applicant, who asked not to be named said: “We have received a lot of hostility from people but we want to do this for our family. Nobody has been overlooked and we do want to fit in with the environment.”
Other residents heckled the applicant while she was speaking and mayor Cllr Stephen Laycock was forced to threaten anyone who continued to shout out with ejection from the meeting.
Cllr Graham Farrington said: “It doesn’t look like anything has really changed since the last application which was refused, so I am totally opposed to the plans as they are not in keeping with the area.”
And ward member Cllr Stephen Pickup has registered his own objection on the Bolton planning website.
He said: “I believe that this application as with similar applications which have been rejected for this site, is out of character for the area and not in keeping with neighbouring properties.”
Blackrod Town Council voted to recommend that Bolton Council’s planning committee refuse the bid.
Arguments continued outside the council meeting.
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