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Monday, 14 March 2011 (3012949)
Homes approved despite worries over wildife
by David Simister

A BID to build five new homes in the heart of Aughton have been given the backing of councillors despite worries that it could affect nearby wildlife.

Members of West Lancashire's planning committee gave their approval to plans to build five new detached homes on Prescot Road and a new access road, despite objections from residents and wildlife groups that the development could damage the habitat of red squirrels living nearby.

The decision to grant planning permission has now been delegated to the council's executive manager, and will stipulate that the developers, Charnwick Limited, enter into an agreement with the council to fund community facilities under the Town and Country Planning Act.

Objections have also been received from 14 neighbouring residents, who voiced concerns that the homes would be an overdevelopment of the area and that the site is important on an environmental level, with both bats and squirrels living in the vicinity.


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