A PETITION has been lodged over plans for 45 new homes which were unveiled earlier this year.

Dozens of objectors have signed the petition against the proposed development in School Lane, Guide, which has been handed to Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Public consultation letters were issued on January 18 and a further nine objections to the proposal were received.

Petitioners fear the development would lead to traffic congestion and extra noise as well as depreciation in value of properties in the area.

Campaigners also say there are enough empty houses in area and expressed concerns with site drainage and loss of greenery if the development was to go ahead.

In January, developers Wainhomes released an artist’s impression for the scheme, which features three and four-bedroom family homes and would include a new access road, landscaping and parking.

In the past, villagers have protested against the increasing industrial development of the area which is close to the M65.

It is recommended that the planning and highways committee note the petition when it meets on Thursday next week and that the issues raised inform the assessment of the proposal The petitioners are to be informed of the decision once made.

Cllr Salim Mulla, who represents the area on Blackburn with Darwen Council, said his views had not changed since the application was first lodged.

He said: “I respect the constituents’ concerns but at the same time, we need to take the opportunity to regenerate town, create employment and provide some decent housing in one of the most deprived areas.

“A development of this nature has to be welcomed into our town to help regenerate it.”

A statement submitted as part of the application reads: “The site has been designed to complement the surrounding area, creating local identity and reduce antisocial behaviour.

“Well-informed design and material choice will give the development longevity, contribute to the townscape and raise the aspirations of the area.

“The detailed site analysis and extensive design process leading to a layout form that is developable and acceptable within the character of the area.

“The scheme will present a pleasing and buildable scheme, that will enhance the local settlement and provide much needed quality housing for the area.”