THE leader of a Chorley Scout group was left frustrated after a housing developer put forward plans to build three homes on land that was set to be their new HQ.

Chris Charlton says the ever-expanding Mawdesley Scout Group was struggling using the village hall.

Bloor Homes put plans in for the former Goodyear Business Park site on Gorsey Lane and included a plan for a scouting hut as part of the plans.

They were approved in August and the plans for 56 homes were given the green light.

But Jones Homes took over the site from the developer and despite talks with them, the scout group has discovered that new plans have been submitted for more homes instead of the scouts’ facility.

She said: “I was on holiday when I saw the new plans. Jones Homes have tweaked the originals.

“We submitted our objections including an online petition with more than 2,800 signatures with lots of comments about it as well as a paper one too.

“We take kids from all different areas South Ribble, Chorley and Ormskirk and when this development goes ahead there will be even more families who will want activities

“It has been my vision to find our own meeting place for the past 10 years and I finally thought it would happen when a Scout Hut was included in the original plans that were passed by Chorley Council.

“This application to do away with our building for three houses has left me feeling upset, angry, let down and devastated.

“The Scout Hut is for the young people of the village and it feels like the group has been used to get the plans passed for the houses.”

She said: “We use the village hall at the minute but we cannot put up stuff on the walls but this hut would have given us an opportunity to have a home where we could run outdoor activities.”

A spokesperson for Jones Homes commented: “Unfortunately, we are unable to make any comment at this stage.”

The plans are set to be discussed at Chorley Council's Development Control Committee on next Tuesday.