Petition objects to new homes plan in Clitheroe

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A PETITION containing more than 120 signatures objecting to a new Henthorn Road homes plan will be discussed by councillors on Thursday.

An outline application, meaning for permission in principle, for a residential development of up to 140 homes on land off Henthorn Road, Clitheroe, has been recommended for refusal by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

Members of its planning committee will discuss the application, submitted by the Strategic Land Group and for which the primary access will be off Henthorn Road, taking into account other objections from Clitheroe Town Councillors.

Their main objections are that the proposed development runs contrary to the emerging Ribble Valley Borough Council Core Strategy, which envisages one strategic development site in Clitheroe.

Councillors argued that, by approving this application, the cumulative effect of it and the already approved application by Gladman Developments to build 270 houses off Henthorn Road, would be to have a second strategic site.

The proposal, which includes landscaped areas and public open space, has a site access that will integrate with the newly-consented scheme for 270 houses on the opposite side of Henthorn Road. The access is a priority-controlled junction designed with the highways standards and in connection with the estimated capacity of vehicular movements.

In a report to councillors, planning officer Graeme Thorpe recommended the application for refusal.

“The proposed development will result in a significant increase in vehicle flows to and from the existing transport network from the proposed point of access to the site oin Henthorn Road at peak hours and throughout the day, impacting upon highway junctions to the detriment of highway safety.”

He added: “To grant planning permission at the present time, for a development of this scale on greenfield land outside the settlement boundary, would be prejudicial to the emerging in the Core Strategy as it would predetermine decisions about the scale and location of new development that should properly be made through the planning process.”

During the same meeting, members of the planning committee will discuss a reserved matters application submitted by Gladman Developments regarding its development of 270 homes plus a doctors surgery on land off Henthorn Road, Clitheroe.

Clitheroe Town Councillors said the properties in plots 184, 196 and 197 are in very close proximity to the boundary of properties in Fairfield Drive, Henthorn Road and partly Fairfield Close.

“The presence of the aforementioned properties will result in substantial visual intrusion, which can only be mitigated by reducing the height of the properties along the boundary or locating them further from the boundary.”