residents are being consulted over controversial plans for housing off Henthorn Road, Clitheroe, being prepared by Strategic Land Group.
SLG is preparing an outline planning application for land to the south side of Henthorn Road.
It follows a major new development of up to 270 houses and a GP surgery on land off Henthorn Road by Gladman Developments Ltd, given the green light in March after a Government planning inspector overruled Ribble Valley Borough Council’s refusal of the scheme. Like the Gladman application, SLG’s outline application means it is applying for approval of the principle of development at the site.
“Should that principle prove to be acceptable, the next stage will then be to submit a reserved matters application that will provide additional information and detail on items such as layout, siting, landscaping and confirmed house types,” wrote NJL Consulting LLP on behalf of SLG in a letter posted through the doors of local residents.
The consultants add that one of the matters yet to be fixed is the number of homes to be built.
“We currently expect this will be limited to a maximum of 150, of which 30% will be made available to those on low incomes as affordable housing,” the letter said.
NJL Consulting LLP add that should the development proceed, it will bring significant benefits including contributing to a vibrant community, supporting the local economy and providing employment opportunities.
But Steve Rush, of Clitheroe Residents’ Action Group (CRAG), said: “This proposal is directly opposite a 270-house development which was not wanted by the local community, so I fail to understand how the consultants can say this application for another 150 houses ‘will contribute to maintaining a vibrant community’.
“Neither the consultants, the landowner or the developer, have any interests in this application being for the good of Clitheroe so I ask them not to insult our intelligence by suggesting they are looking to improve our lives. This proposal has arisen out of pure greed. If they want to do something for the good of Clitheroe abandon this plan.
“This proposal would increase Clitheroe’s houses in the pipeline to 2,315. That is an extra 5,600 people and 3,600 cars descending on the town. There are no plans to produce the infrastructure to deal with this volume.
“Unfortunately Clitheroe will soon become an inner city without the infrastructure!”
NJL Consulting would like to know what people think about the proposals and any questions residents might have. They can be emailed to Yourviews@NJLConsulting.co.uk or sent to NJL Consulting LLP, Adamson House, Towers Business Park, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2YY marking letters ‘Henthorn Road Consultation’.