Concerns over Silverdale housing proposals

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PLANS to build two houses next to a former pub were met with concern at a north Lancashire parish council meeting.

Michael Holgate submitted an application to turn The Royal Hotel, Silverdale, into houses with two more on adjoining land, early last year.

This was met with fierce opposition from residents and Mr Holgate withdrew his proposals.

Although not re-submitting plans for the old hotel, the local businessman has yet again applied to develop the area next to the site.

Parish council chairman Terry Bond said a letter was to be sent to Lancaster City Council raising councillor's concerns.

Reading the proposed letter he said: “Although the council welcome plans for housing of a more affordable nature, and we have no objections to housing, we are very concerned about the access onto Gaskell Close.”

Driveways for the proposed houses would back on to the Close, on which Karen and David Aldren live. They shared the concerns.

Mrs Aldren said: “It’s a single track road where there are elderly people and children play.

“There is already not enough space for people to park, and there are cars parked on the street. There is no space to walk by. What will happen when there are these extra cars?

“Another concern is that if he is given planning permission for this then he will be able to build houses on the pub land aswell.”

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10:25pm Mon 4 Feb 13

blade stall says...

Here we go again another tale of local business man spends money creates jobs and wealth yet the parish councils delight in wallowing in a toxic sea of negativity. Its a few houses not a retail park young people need somewhere to live. Democracy is great but doesn't it occasionally get tiring.
Here we go again another tale of local business man spends money creates jobs and wealth yet the parish councils delight in wallowing in a toxic sea of negativity. Its a few houses not a retail park young people need somewhere to live. Democracy is great but doesn't it occasionally get tiring. blade stall
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6:27am Tue 5 Feb 13

Moonbase says...

If i were Mr Holgate as in any investment it takes time.
Let it go to rack and ruin and given time the vagrants will soon find a place to shelter given that all the toilets blocks have shut.
Who knows it could be the next cannabis factory.
Too many jealous people with too much power.Pubs are a dying breed and any regeneration has to be good.
We need more houses,we have another load of Eastern europeans expected to arrive shortly they need somewhere to live!!!
Let it rot and given time the snobs will be begging you to do something with it.
Good Luck Mr H.
If i were Mr Holgate as in any investment it takes time. Let it go to rack and ruin and given time the vagrants will soon find a place to shelter given that all the toilets blocks have shut. Who knows it could be the next cannabis factory. Too many jealous people with too much power.Pubs are a dying breed and any regeneration has to be good. We need more houses,we have another load of Eastern europeans expected to arrive shortly they need somewhere to live!!! Let it rot and given time the snobs will be begging you to do something with it. Good Luck Mr H. Moonbase
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