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PremierLeague-News.Com - Developers wanted to fill in the lake at the former Harding's Factory site in Langley
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Campaigners are celebrating after a huge community effort saved a lake from being destroyed at the hands of developers. Nearby residents were devastated when it was announced that Seddon Construction wanted to fill in the large pond at the former Harding’s Factory site, in Langley. The football-pitch-sized lake is used by an angling club and is a local beauty spot providing natural habitat for a variety of wildlife. And now its future appears secure as Seddon withdrew its application seeking permission to fill the lake after huge protests. The company had argued this was necessary to provide space for a play area for 77 new homes that already have planning permission. But Cheshire East Council has confirmed the application has been withdrawn and although Seddon has not said why it is believed the strength of protests was a significant factor. The picturesque lake Langley residents are fighting to save Steve Leighton, from the Save Langley Pond group, said: “I can only assume it is because of the fantastic reaction from people, there was over 200 objections. We are over the moon, the pond is now there for the future, it is fantastic habitat and once it is gone it is gone forever.
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.” A crowdfunding campaign was also run and raised £1,100, which was used to submit a professional report as part of the many objections. The remainder will go to the Langley Village Hall fund. Wildlife at the pond and its surrounding area includes kingfishers, frogs, toads, newts, red kites and herons. Seddon Construction was given permission for 77 homes and last year it submitted a second planning application seeking to discharge certain conditions that were attached to this approval.
Some were agreed but others, including a ‘landscaping’ change which would have seen the lake filled in, were not. Consequently the company submitted a stand alone application asking permission to carry out this work. A Seddon Construction spokesman said: "As a responsible house builder, we always try where possible to take existing residents comments into consideration when making decisions regarding our developments and as such decided to withdraw the application to infill the pond at our Lavender Fields Langley development as it is a feature close to the hearts of local people which we fully appreciate and understand."
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