A RESIDENT from Darcy Lever is concerned that a new planning development to build 115-home estate will have a negative impact on the wildlife and field in the area.

But developers at Morris Homes, say 'it will provide new wildlife ponds, sustainable urban drainage ponds and trees’, and ‘take pressure off nearby green belt land'.

Patricia Stainton lives opposite the field on Hatherleigh Walk where the development has been proposed.

She set up a petiton to take her concerns to the council.

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She says that the field in front of her house where the houses will be built, is also used by stables and a caravan site.

Patricia said: “There are also schools all around where we live, and I just feel sorry for the kids there.

“They will be growing up with the field and then it won’t be there for future generations.

“The impact that it is going to have on the neighbours and the children and even residents who travel for walks, cycling, and for recreational use will be massive.

“It’s a shame because there are some really lovely views, and this will ruin that.”

Patricia also said that there are already quite a lot of houses in the area, and other neighbours have also shared their concerns for the future.

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She says that she found out about the houses from a letter, which was sent to all the residents.

Patricia said she believes that the proposal will also have a massive impact on the road traffic from Radcliffe Road that is already ‘struggling to cope’.

Patricia added: “I thought it was all safe there because of the wildlife, but it’s not going to make a difference.

“I just think it’s unfair that they are planning to put the houses there on the field.”

A spokesperson for Morris Homes, said: “Our proposals for these new homes reflect the demand for high quality, energy efficient housing in the area and we have liaised closely with Bolton Council to explain our vision for the site.

"The site is brown field, not greenbelt and independent reports have found there is no ecological value.

"If progressed, our development will clean up this site and take pressure off nearby green belt land.

"It will provide new wildlife ponds, sustainable urban drainage ponds and trees, making it more pleasant and accessible to local people.”