Homes planned for Whalley college site

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Plans for a new housing development in Whalley have been submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council.

Oakhill College has applied for permission to build up to six houses on surplus land at the Wiswell Lane school.

The outline application, which means for permission in principle, has been submitted by Oakhill Investments.

In a letter to the council a spokesman for the school said: “The proposed development site is in the southeast corner of the college and academy grounds, to the south of the main college car park and artificial sports pitch and extending eastwards behind and to the side of properties fronting Wiswell Lane.

“The proposed housing would be developed on open land that is surplus to the requirements of the college and academy and is currently used in large part for the grazing of donkeys.”

Immediately to the south of the college and application site, is a housing development site for 260 dwellings (Lawsonsteads) that is in the early stages of construction.

A spokesman added: “Since the development of the sports hall and fitness facilities in 2007, the site has changed from being purely an independent school into a broader based facility for the wider Whalley community.”

He maintained that the proposed development was a unique opportunity to develop the site further as a mixed use facility offering residents ready access to the facilities already on-site.