RESIDENTS have been speaking up to complain about plans to build more than 60 homes in Lymm.

As previously reported in the Warrington Guardian, Bellway Homes is seeking permission to build 64 homes on the site of Tanyard Farm off Rushgreen Road.

The application for the farm, which sits close to the Sainsbury’s Supermarket and would be bounded by the Bridgewater Canal at the back, would also see the demolition of all structures on the site – including a boxing club and gym.

And fellow residents in Lymm have been writing to Warrington Borough Council to protest against the plans.

One neighbour, who lives on Sandymoor Place, said: “Lymm is already densely populated with services, roads, parking and schools unable to cope with yet more housing.

“I believe that this development, if it goes ahead, will create significant traffic delays on Rushgreen Road and will create yet another housing estate that doesn’t provide enough pavements or parking making it unsafe for children to play out in the street.”

And concerns have also been raised about the effect on traffic.

One villager who lives on Wellcroft Gardens said: “I find it difficult to comprehend that the council would ever consider granting permission for more houses when one of the major routes into Lymm is in chaos every morning and night due to the problems surrounding the Warburton toll bridge.”

Bellway promises a mix of 64 family homes which is says will be ‘affordable for first time buyers and key workers’.

Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Marks (Lymm North and Thelwall) said: “We have been expecting this application for some time.

“Superficially it looks attractive because the site is rather untidy at present and it could be seen as a planning gain. But it’s not so simple.

“It is vitally important that we retain the green belt between Lymm and Oughtrington.

“This proposal would create significantly more building on land that was originally designated as green belt.

“This will harm the open aspect and may set unwanted precedents for future development.”