Campaigners are set to call on the council to delay a decision over controversial plans to sell of a popular playing field for a 250-home development.
More than 1,300 objections have been lodged through letters and petitions opposed to the sale of Lyndon Playing Fields in Great Harwood.
More than 60 protesters met earlier this week at Bank Mill House with MP Graham Jones ahead of an extraordinary cabinet meeting at Scaitcliffe House on Friday, October 10.
Speaking at the public meeting, Patrick McGinley told Mr Jones that the housing development would have a ‘massive negative impact’ on the town’s infrastructure and environment.
He said: “I will urge them from the very start not to make a decision on Friday.
“We are going to be presenting them with a lot of papers and I don’t want them to make a snap decision.
“What about the infrastructure of our town? Could we cope with up to 2,000 more people in 250 large houses with an extra 600 cars?
“The doctors surgeries and schools are full and the transport networks are not the best.”
Mr McGinley said there was not the demand for that much large housing in Great Harwood claiming many new builds in the area were still unsold.
He said: “The playing fields are our last green bit of land in the Netherton ward.
“It’s become a well-known, traditional, almost ancestress recreational area and people want it to stay as that.”
Last month Great Harwood Rovers FC confirmed they would be supporting the scheme and the proposed development would see the club move to a new site at Heymoor Farm.
Proceeds from the sale of the ground, together with a grant from the FA, would fund a pavilion and facilities.
Reilly Developments Ltd has plans to build up to 250 homes on the site of the playing fields, although no full planning application has yet been lodged with the council.
Paul Walton Associates, who represent Reilly Developments Ltd, said the firm is ‘not party’ to the council’s decision to sell the land and couldn’t comment on the cabinet meeting.
They added: “Reilly Developments are however committed to carrying out public consultation prior to the submission of any future planning application and will be engaging with local residents in due course.”
Documents prepared for the cabinet meeting reveal that the council would receive a ‘substantial capital sum’ from the sale of its 7.6 acre plot.
It also confirmed that Reilly Developments would be ‘compensated for unlocking the development potential’ by facilitating the relocation of the football club.
Mr Jones told the campaigners at the meeting: “I will speak to the council and raise your concerns.
“I think they need to be very concerned about this development and to show a lot of concerns to make the right decision.”