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Residents concerned about the loss of a popular canalside park have objected to plans to build up to 70 houses on farmland near Lancaster city centre. 
The proposals for the area north of Ashford House in Ashton Road have been made to the city council by the applicant WVC Lancaster Limited. 
A new access road would also be built as part of the development, which would also feature public open space and associated infrastructure. 
It is believed the scheme would "considerably add to the supply of housing" in the city, and provide more benefits than the previously refused proposals for two holiday lets or a single property at the site. 
Part of the 3.55 hectare site is considered to be previously developed land with a horse boarding stable, paddock, arena, and associated access. The remainder of the site consists of agricultural land. 
The homes would be split between 25% first homes, 37.5% shared ownership and 37.5% affordable rented in accordance with guidelines. 
The city council is trying to change the policy to reflect the current split for affordable sale and rented homes, the proposed split is 25% first homes, 25% shared ownership and 50% affordable rented. 
Housing would be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom, as well as bungalows and apartments. 
The applicants said: "The site is in a sustainable location that is accessible with different modes of travel." 
"With improvements to the road next to the site, they say a safe and attractive link could be provided to the canal towpath." 

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What are the residents concerns? 

Residents have expressed their concerns with the city council, particularly over the high number of plans for new houses in the area and the subsequent impact on traffic. 
Additionally, they mentioned the dangers for cyclists along the route, as well as the detrimental effect the plans could have on people's enjoyment of the popular canal path. 
There has also been concerns regarding the adverse effects on wildlife in the area. 
One resident said: "This area is integral to our Lancaster heritage. The canal and British Waterways area of natural beauty should be maintained and unspoiled for the support of wildlife and birds and for the enjoyment of everyone in Lancaster and visitors to Lancaster." 
"Already there are thousands of houses being considered for south Lancaster. The development onto the canal corridor is totally unnecessary." 
Another said: "I object to this proposed housing development because it would result in loss of space for and increased human pressure on nature and wildlife; as well as reducing the wellbeing benefit for existing residents using local green spaces." 
The application has also drawn criticism from The Lancaster Group of the Ramblers Association. 
They said: "This is a popular and well used stretch of the canal which is easily accessible by many people." 
"The site is one of the few with an outlook which is rural in appearance and not fringed with developments or trees. It would make an ideal open space." 

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