ANGRY residents fear traffic chaos will be unleashed on Burnley Road if a controversial plan to build 51 homes in Huncoat gets the go-ahead.
The scheme, put forward by Morris Homes, involves building the houses, some two storeys and others three storeys tall, near Hillside Farm, South Street.
Some of the planned houses are to be detached while others are set to be terraced.
The plan has already won outline permission from council planning bosses despite objections from angry residents who say the increase in population will cause traffic chaos.
Last year more than 60 residents signed a petition in a bid to get the development stopped and the council has received 25 letters of complaint.
Objections raised by residents include the following:
- The new houses will be overbearing on nearby properties on Foxwood Chase and the rear of homes on Burnley Road.
- The plan will mean loss of parking spaces for residents.
- Land off South Street will become dangerous due to the increase in traffic using it.
- More residents would put pressure on services including schools and doctors' surgeries.
- The plan will mean felling trees on the site and the loss of wildlife.
Among the objectors is Jim Pettigrew, 40, of Burnley Road, who lives with his fiancee Michelle Gabriel.
He said: "This could be a disaster for the area. The only access to the site will be through South Street, but the area is over-populated as it is. In the mornings, you can see traffic struggling to get on to Burnley Road.
"This could mean an extra 80 or more cars on the road.
"Not only that, but the houses will be overbearing on people who live nearby.
"I have heard they will be selling these three-storey houses for more than £200,000.
"That won't attract local people to buy them, it will be people commuting to places like Leeds, which won't benefit Hyndburn."
He added that residents were looking to voice their anger when the scheme goes before the Planning Committee next Wednesday.