Serious concerns have been raised over housing plans in Winwick that would see horses rehomed.
Delph Farm Estates has submitted proposals to convert Delph Farm, on Delph Lane, into 17 homes, as well as the construction of a further two on the land.
The south west stables at the site are among the buildings proposed for conversion.
It would also see a number of ‘modern’ buildings demolished, with a total of 1,490 square metres set for the bulldozer.
In the design and access statement prepared by Berrys, on behalf of Delph Farm Estates, it says the proposed development is a well-designed scheme that will help meet Warrington’s urgent need for housing while improving its historic fabric.
It adds: “The site has generous areas of public open space on its northern boundary.
“It is therefore considered unnecessary to provide any additional public open space within the scheme.
“Nevertheless, the development provides communal areas of landscaped open space at its entrance and western boundaries, to enhance local character for the benefit of all.
“The courtyard in the centre of the complex will be a shared space with hard landscaping.”
However, more than 130 objections have been submitted to the council.
Residents have raised concerns over the horses at the site, with one stating more than 70 would need to be rehomed if the plans are passed.
Another resident says the plans will not ‘remedy the housing crisis’.
Bas Hashim, who lives on Delph Lane, is among those against the application.
He said: “There are already major traffic management concerns over vehicles using Delph Lane.
“Building these homes will only make this worse and give more cause for concern over safety.
“I have also frequently raised concerns over people dumping rubbish on the road with the council. It is a nightmare.
“I hope that common sense is applied to this and the application is turned down.”
To view or comment on the application, head to the planning and building control section of the council’s website and search for application 2019/34877.