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The following report and maps have been included on the website to hopefully provide some information that might not have been seen by many outside of the Lancashire Planning Department (LPD). To ensure there is no conflict of interests, the report and maps were provided to a Tarleton resident by the LPD when an informal request for information was requested about Tarleton in general and the area specifically around the pond at Pond Close, that’s off Meadow Way which is itself off Coe Lane, Tarleton.

The report and maps were used as part of the planning application submitted by a building company which wanted to build the new housing estate that is located off Coe Lane and before the main Preston/Southport road. Whilst the report shows that nothing of any real interest, archeologically or historically, was found in the area where the housing estate now stands it does include some interesting historical data about the general locality.

The sepia-coloured map shows the area earmarked for the housing development, but as can be seen there is not much detail although the development area is seen clearly. The next map is of more interest because it shows from the air where the old rectory was located in the top corner of the small wooded area. The pond can be clearly seen which was enlarged to its present size to accommodate the environment required for the protected Great Crested Newts which breed in the pond and which is now fed by rainwater from a house in Pond Close for topping up the pond. Great Crested Newts are protected in Great Britain and parts of Europe, so every effort is taken to ensure the water and pond surrounds support the Newt requirements.