Things You Can Do
Everyone, every family, businesses and schools in the local and surrounding areas will be impacted in one way or another.
How could this affect you? Traffic or something else? For example:
A Lancashire County Council traffic count was taken over 7-13 October 2019 (pre-pandemic see HERE). On average, 4125 vehicles travelled along Ulnes Walton Lane on a working day. The prison service planning documentation implies there will be an additional 2000 journeys along the lane, the majority during peak hours. This can only add to the traffic on Slater Lane, Dunkirk Lane and Southport Road.
Can you easily access your GP or A&E? Prisons need teachers, nurses and doctors. Chorley Hospital A&E has only recently re-opened and is not providing a 24/7 service due to insufficient staff (see the Lancashire Post article of 9 Sep 2021, the NHS Trust Chief Exec, Mr McGee said, "Staffing is the challenge..."). Where will the extra doctors, nurses and other staff come from?
If you feel strongly about the issues around the new prison, please OBJECT NOW.
How to object
It will take a few minutes and objections can be highly influential in the planning process. The more the better!
Please write a letter or send an email as follows:
- State your name and postal address - an email address is not sufficient
- Include today's date
- State that you wish to object to planning application no. 21/01028/OUTMAJ
- Either post your objection to:The Planning Office, Chorley Borough Council, Civic Offices, Union St, Chorley PR7 1AL
- Or email your objection to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- Or submit your objection directly to the Chorley Borough Planning Portal (you will need to register for an account)
Here is a summary of valid grounds on which planning permission is likely to be refused:
- Adverse effect on the residential amenity of neighbours, by reason of (among other factors) noise, disturbance, overlooking, loss of privacy, overshadowing, etc (these issues are likely to be true or valid after construction)
- Visual impact of the development
- Effect of the development on the character of the neighbourhood
- Design (including bulk and massing, detailing and materials, if these form part of the application)
- The proposed development is over-bearing, out-of-scale or out of character in terms of its appearance compared with existing development in the vicinity
- The loss of existing views from neighbouring properties would adversely affect the residential amenity of neighbouring owners
- Adverse effect of the development on the character and appearance of a conservation (green belt) area
- The development would adversely affect highway safety or the convenience of road users