West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has met with Chequer Lane residents angry about the Council plans to allow housing development on farmed land at the back of their houses.
Following complaints from a number of residents Rosie visited the proposed site off Chequer Lane for herself. During this visit MP Rosie met with local resident Allison McIntosh. Allison raised her concerns with Rosie about the reallocation of the land as a site for housing development. In recent years this land has been working agricultural land.
MP Rosie said:
“I went along to the Chequer Lane site to see for myself the exact site as it is impossible to have an understanding of the impact from the simply looking at a map.
“Residents across Up Holland but especially on Chequer Lane are concerned by the Borough Council’s proposals as set out in the Local Plan. Currently the Council is consulting residents on its proposals. My message to the residents of Chequer Lane is to make sure they have their say and to make their voices heard. They can do so by sending a response into the consultation.”
Residents feel that the Borough Council has not listened to their concerns over further development in Up Holland. At a public consultation meeting in 2009 residents highlighted their concerns and opposition to any further development within the village.
Residents have expressed the view that Up Holland has undergone significant development in recent years with large housing estates being built in the village
In 2006 Rosie worked alongside Chequer Lane and Up Holland residents in campaigning against Borough Council plans to sell off Chequer Lane playing fields, including speaking at the public meeting held in the village.