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A blog dedicated to preserving the beauty and delicate ecosystem of the River Ribble, and opposing the Riverworks 'vision' to build a barrage on our River and develop on our riverbanks, floodplains and green spaces, causing damage to wildlife and the environment and increasing the risk of flooding to our homes. Save the Ribble Campaign is not responsible for the content of external blogs or websites which link here.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Vernon Carus Plans on Public Display

The plans for the Vernon Carus development on Factory Lane in Penwortham will be made available for public viewing at Vernon Carus Sports Club on Factory Lane this week:
- on Friday, February 8, from 10am to 6pm, and
- on Saturday, February 9, from 10am to 4pm.

According to the Lancashire Evening Post:

'Residents are being asked for their views on the proposed redevelopment of the former Vernon Carus mill in Penwortham.

Bovis Homes wants to build up to 400 homes on the 23- hectare site in Factory Lane.
The developer hopes to build a mixed-use development including new homes, business space, and community facilities.

David Shard, Bovis Homes regional managing director, said: "We want to breathe new life into this disused factory site and provide the right kind of housing, employment and leisure opportunities for local people.

"In order to do this, we want to hear the views of local people and get their feedback.

"We hope this process will enable us to prepare a planning application that will deliver a number of benefits."

According to The Preston Citizen:

'The development will also enable the Vernon Carus Sports Club gain security of tenure on its grounds, opening the door to potential funding from sports bodies and the national lottery needed to update the club's facilities.'

Hopefully this means that our sports facilities are safe... but what does it mean in terms of floodrisk issues, and regarding developing on any of the surrounding green spaces?

If you can, check the plans out for yourself.
If you can't make it to Vernons, the proposals will be online from February 8 at

Closing date for submissions concerning the plans is February 22.
Please note this IS NOT YET A PLANNING APPLICATION: the developers are seeking your views on the development.

We will, of course, be analysing these proposals in the light of local concerns for the future of the Vernon Carus sports pitches and regarding the little matter of floodplain and green space developments, so as soon as we've had a good look at the plans, we will post more details on the blog... watch this space for further details coming up soon...

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At 9:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Good Human

At 9:18 am, Blogger Reigh Belisama said...

er... thanks!


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