RESIDENTS have raised objections to a scheme to build houses next to a Masonic lodge.
They feel the Whitby site has 'environmental beauty' and should not be developed.
Last month we described how Ellesmere Port Masonic Hall and Basford Developments have applied to demolish the existing lodge and build a more modern one.
Their scheme, submitted to the borough council for consideration in the near future, includes 15 homes, ranging from small flats to large family units on the same plot.
There could be an access built on to Chester Road as well as trees removed and parking provision made.
But the proposal hasn't found favour with Theresa Brady of Beech-croft Drive in Whitby.
She said: 'As a resident here for over 30 years, I was concerned with the proposed development of this site, which first arose two years ago.
'There were objections then from house owners surrounding the lodge and permission was rejected.
'I consider the land to be of particular environmental beauty with regard to the age and type of trees there. There are far too few such areas in Ellesmere Port.'
She and other residents have raised the following concerns about this new scheme:
The access on to Chester Road, which is close to the cottage hospital and pedestrian crossing.
Mrs Brady said of it: 'There has been a major increase in local traffic here due to the volume of patients and visitors to the hospital and local surgery.'
The heavy pedestrian traffic of pupils from the three surrounding schools.
The impact on the environment and wildlife.
Mrs Brady said: 'There is a bat colony within the area and there could be an effect of tree removal on the roots of the surrounding trees.
'We are also concerned about over-loading the sewage drain which, when there is inclement weather, already floods Beechcroft Drive.'
Kevin Povey, land consultant for Basford, said the firm has been in discussions with the council for a year so all parties could get this scheme right. As well as the lodge, there would be 15 housing units comprising two-bedroom ground and first-floor flats and three and four-bedroom family houses.
Mr Povey said: 'We understand the sensitivity of this site and are keen to ensure it achieves a balance.
'It conforms to Government policy about building on brownfield sites and is in a great location for amenities and bus routes. We've consulted the three ward councillors and hope people can see what we're doing.'