Angry residents were perplexed to see building equipment on a patch of land...before a planning application has even been considered by councillors!
Residents in Colne were alarmed to see a builders' compound and blue containers on the land and a garage site between Colne Lane and Essex Street.
Planning permission has been applied for to build new houses on the site but residents were shocked to see the containers arrive before the time for objections to be made to Pendle Council about the plans had expired.
They are also worried that the new compound poses a serious danger to children who play there.
Resident Anne McGladdery said: “This is a well-used piece of land for children to play and the new compound is a serious danger to them playing out in the current hot weather.
"The council owns this land and we want them to remove the containers before the school holidays.”
A number of residents are intending to raise the matter at a meeting of the Colne and District Committee tonight.
Waterside ward councillors Tony Greaves and Graham Roach have met with around 40 residents on site to discuss their worries.
Coun. Greaves said: “It is true that Pendle Council has had this land earmarked for future development for some time, and it is also included in the list of proposed housing sites in Colne Town Council’s draft Colne
“But what has happened is very poor public relations and a slap in the face for residents. And the plans as submitted raise a number of important questions about the scale and nature of the development that is
"There have been a shoal of residents’ objections.”
Coun. Roach agreed saying: “We agree with the residents that these skips need to be taken away.
"The planning application is not going to be even discussed until at least the August meeting of the committee.”