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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Campaign to fight plans for home development on farmland near historic Barrow landmark

A CAMPAIGN to fight plans for a 50-home development on farmland near an historic Barrow landmark, two schools and a college is gathering pace.

More than 840 people have signed a petition to oppose plans to build the homes on a greenfield site between Barrow Sixth Form College and Manor Road, which leads to Furness Abbey from Rating Lane.

Story Homes Ltd has submitted the initial plans to Barrow Borough Council to test opinion. A planning application has not been submitted, but campaigners concerned about the development’s proximity to the abbey and traffic issues are determined to make their voices heard from the outset.

Sheila Batty, of Friars Lane, is a spokeswoman for the group, whose Facebook page has 565 likes. She said: “We’ve been blasting them with letters of

objection. We know normally you don’t do this until the planning application has gone in but we’re getting in first.

“Lots of people have signed the petition and I’ve personally put letters into the town hall to every single member that’s on the planning committee. We just don’t feel we can sit back and let it happen. We wanted to get in before they even get to the

planning stage.”

The 2.7-hectare site is located in the Furness Abbey Conservation Area, but has been categorised as a “developable” site in the Barrow Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Review.

The site faces the main entrance to Chetwynde School,

adjacent to the sixth form and is close to St Bernard’s Catholic High School.

Mrs Batty said: “Anybody who goes down that road will know what it’s like. It’s the main arterial road from Abbey Road to Roose and you’ve got all these schools there. Chetwynde’s

entrance is right opposite and they’re going to expand next year.

“I went down at 3pm – they don’t come out until 3.30pm – and cars were already parked as far as the eye could see. We know it’s always been like that, but to put 50 homes on that corner, with two cars per home as you get nowadays, is madness.” Story Homes said it was unable to comment.

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