A consultation on a controversial 250-home development has been extended after council documents publicising the scheme contained the wrong road names.
Consultation documents released by Hyndburn council over the scheme at Lyndon House Playing Fields in Great Harwood have now had to be resent, and the consultation deadline extended by three weeks.
The deadline for submitting comments on the planning application, which are on display at Great Harwood Library and have currently received more than 400 objections, has now been extended to Tuesday, August 18.
Resident Ian Wilkinson blasted the original consultation documents as ‘a disgrace’.
He said: “They contain many errors including reference non existent roads such as Harwood Road and Harwood Old Road. The council have now been forced to extend the deadline until mid-August due to these errors.
“It seems clear that all the documents should all be withdrawn and resubmitted with the correct details.”
A Hyndburn council spokesman said: “In the original consultation the development site was described as Harwood Road, rather than Harwood Lane.
“Whilst we don’t consider there to have been any confusion about the location of the development site, to remove any question of uncertainty we extended the consultation period by three weeks and have posted revised site notices and resent consultation letters with the correct address.”
The Lyndon Playing Fields Association said they have already lodged letters and a petition to the council opposing the plans which would also see Great Harwood Rovers FC relocate to land north of Harwood Lane and four new pitches created. An online petition has also attracted nearly 400 signatures.
Pauline Embley, chairperson of the association, said: “Lyndon Playing Fields has been used for recreation for over 40 years. It is a very safe place to play and enjoy sport.
“Last week we handed 419 letters of complaint to the council planning office which had 534 signatures on them. We already have more to deliver before the closing date on August 18.”
Reilly Developments said any concerns expressed by local residents will be ‘fully considered’ as part of the application process.