Residents set up group to oppose plans for Crosby

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A row in Crosby over a new housing estate between planners and a protest group is continuing.

Crosby Residents Against Development (CRAD) was formed on Facebook to object to plans to build in a green field site next to Marown playing fields.

JM Project Management Ltd is seeking approval in principle to build 29 houses and retail units on a site that is part of Ballaglonney Farm.

Spokesman for CRAD, Peter Quayle said: ‘The field is at the start of a green belt of land that runs to Greeba and then on to Peel. Most people I speak to are against the idea of building houses and shops next to the local stream, playground, bowling green and football pitch.

‘The IRIS Scheme is not being extended to Crosby so the estate would not be connected to the main sewage system.

‘Several concerns are about traffic and pedestrian safety. Creating a new junction would increase the traffic levels in the village considerably.

‘Supporters have mentioned getting a doctor’s surgery or a chemist but Crosby is too small, there is a doctor’s surgery at the Strang.’

But Mark Pearce, from MP Associates, the architects, hit back saying: ‘We are proposing either a direct connection to the sewage treatment works located at the bottom of Old Church Road or via a BioDisc system (a sewage system for housing without access to mains drainage) if the sewage treatment works has not been upgraded before completion of the development. The BioDisc will not be located next to the playing fields if one is required. It will not be located in an area prone to flooding and will be carefully located away from the public.

‘Our plans do not include an access road for cars to join the old railway line.

‘The addition of a bus lay-by will allow buses to pull in and not stop traffic, and a pelican crossing will greatly assist pedestrians in gaining safe access and will assist traffic flow alighting from both Old Church Road and the proposed new site.

‘We have positive enquiries from local businesses and if residents would like to see other services included we encourage them to take part in this debate as we feel this is good for Crosby and Glen Vine.’ The deadline for submitting comments to the planning department is August 14.

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